Million Dollar Baby

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Violent Oscar winner is inspiring but too intense for kids.

PG-13 2004 132 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 27 reviews

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age 15+

Mature film has caring relationships, inspirational messages

Million Dollar Baby is a very emotional and upsetting film for its PG-13 rating, not to mention the graphic and disturbing images along with the violence and language. In detail, I will be listing all of the mature elements from the film in 5 categories: VIOLENCE: In fights, opponents are viscously punched in the face and smacked onto the ground onscreen. During fights, graphic wounds are healed in detail, including a girls nose being broken and bleeding everywhere until her manager cracks it back into place. Other scenes show open wounds having alcohol put into them etc. A girl is brutally elbowed in the face until she is punched and knocked to the floor where she slams her head into a wooden stool. This is extremely graphic. A helpless character is beaten violently in the face as he attempts to fight back. In the process of helping him, another protagonist pushes the attacker away and knocks him onto the ground where he spits out a bloody tooth. The victim is shown with disturbing wounds and blood pouring from all sides of his face. A man helps a woman commit suicide by injecting her with a shot and unplugging her oxygen machine. In an attempt to kill herself, a woman bites her tongue until blood pours everywhere as she almost bleeds out and drowns. Note she is paralyzed from the neck down and this is her only escape. Overall, the violence and imagery is very strong and hard to look at. LANGUAGE: “f--k”, “s--t”, “damn”, “t-ts”, “n----r” and more are used throughout the film, sometimes as insults but never sexually. The stronger words are less frequent. SEXUAL CONTENT: A man comments on a woman’s breasts using “tits” before everyone starts to make fun of him and repeat what he said except about him. Mockingly, a man humps the floor while yelling sexual fraises in the same subject. DRUG USE: Nothing much at all with the exception of lethal injection used. THEMATIC ELEMENTS: The film is extremely hard to watch as tragic, horrible events take place with main protagonists. OVERALL: The films overall content makes it to mature for young teens, 15+ is recommended.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 14+

You forgot something.

You should change the ranking for the "sex/romance." There are scantily clad women, as usual. And I'm not talking about the boxers, I'm talking about the ring-girls. I don't understand why so much is left out in these reviews.

This title has:

Too much sex

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