Miss Sloane

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Engaging but uneven political drama has mature content.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 132 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There's always a chance for redemption -- if you're willing to be honest with yourself. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elizabeth is smart, driven, ruthless, and callous. But she's also good at what she does and is capable of assessing herself honestly and attempting to remedy an injustice.


Much talk of gun violence and its deadly toll; a character is shot at by a stranger, who's later gunned down. Lots of loud arguing, which sometimes includes name-calling. Men try to take down a woman with near-fanatical (and clearly sexist) glee.


A couple has sex; no outright nudity, but it's clear what they're doing. Frank discussion between an escort and a client. 


"S--t," "bulls--t," "crap," "damn," "bitch," "dick," "ass," "hell," and "f--k" are used, as is the slur "retarded."


Plenty of products/brands seen or mentioned, including Apple, Dell, Lexus, Nutella, Google, and CNN.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking, social and otherwise. A character relies on psychactive drugs to keep her going. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miss Sloane is a drama (with some thriller elements) that centers on a mega-successful lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) who doesn't think twice about skirting the law to get her clients what they need. The movie deals with heavy, mature themes and material, including lobbying restrictions, political and corporate machinations, and gun control, as well as addiction. Expect plenty of swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") as well as drinking, pill popping, a steamy love scene, and plenty of frank talk about sex.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBrigidArmbrust October 3, 2020
Adult Written byKatieS 20 December 17, 2017

Predictable, shove the message down your throat movie

If you want the brainwashing, by all means go to this pat, overblown movie
Teen, 15 years old Written byhashtag2656 December 23, 2017

For anyone with a decent brain

Everyone should watch this film! It's quite fast paced but ultimately quite easy to understand. GREAT ENDING as well.
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavispittman January 8, 2017

Love love love this great film!

Families need to know that Miss Sloane is a mature political drama about a lobbyist trying to get a gun control bill passed. This movie shows the cut throat at... Continue reading

What's the story?

Lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) didn't get where she is -- courted by clients and feared by opponents -- by being shy, retiring, or easily defeated: MISS SLOANE aims to win. That's what motivates her the most. But then Elizabeth decides to leave an established firm and join an upstart outfit fighting for gun control laws, an issue for which she was previously recruited to fight by pro-gun politicians. This makes her no longer the hunter, but the hunted. Her enemies won't rest till she loses and is humiliated, possibly even in jail. Who will prevail?

Is it any good?

Chastain is singularly responsible for elevating this film from a just-OK political drama/thriller to a compelling one. She expresses so much with just a quiver of her eyelid or a deep breath. When she's onscreen, you can hardly take your eyes off her. Never mind that sometimes the wonky dialogue gets so dense that you need a weed-whacker to get through it, or the scene plotting so circuitous that you really could use a map.

These complaints aside, Miss Sloane is supremely watchable, albeit confusing in parts. The strong ensemble helps, led by the confident Mark Strong as Elizabeth's boss and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a new colleague with something to hide. And in the end, the story feels urgent, relevant, and, yes, necessary. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Miss Sloane depicts the business of lobbying. Is there any benefit to it? Do you think it's portrayed honestly/fairly?

  • Is Elizabeth Sloane a hero or an anti-hero? What's the difference? If her character was a man, do you think he'd be under the same microscopic scrutiny?

  • Parents, talk to teens about Elizabeth's dependence on pills. Does the movie glamorize her substance use?

  • What role does sex play in the story?

Movie details

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For kids who love politics and drama

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