Parents' Guide to

Operation Mincemeat

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Incredible WWII true story has disturbing scenes, smoking.

Movie PG-13 2022 128 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Not successfull

The sub plot about the love story between the general and the girl was not convincing and was indeed meaningless. The appearance of a sister of Major Martin was not a convincing obstacle either. The scene where a man touches the genitals of another was totally out of context.
age 18+

Heads up about excessively suggestive sexual encounters and three f-words

I thought it was an okay movie, although it dragged towards the end (super long run time, should have been edited down). And I, too, was taken aback by two very suggestive sexual encounters in the middle of the movie (one male-female, one male-male) and three uses of the f-word, both of which seemed at odds with the PG-13 rating, and which detracted from the story, IMO. I would definitely not recommend to teenagers or children based on that, and I am adding this review as a heads up for adults, as I was surprised by it myself.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This drama -- based on real events -- is such a brilliantly cinematic story, it almost feels as if it would have been impossible to get wrong. That said, Operation Mincemeat still required an accomplished, deft hand to bring it to life, and do it the justice it deserves. Thankfully director John Madden more than delivers. Helped along by the great cast, with Macfadyen in particular stealing the show, the film moves seamlessly between different genres. Given it's a tale that is so enriched by its hard-to-believe elements, the filmmakers have used this as a platform to take a heightened take on proceedings.

The film has stories within the story, and celebrates the entire notion of artistic deception. And yet, it's remarkably more moving than anticipated, as the whole operation, despite being so bombastic, is tinged with a profound sadness. Not only for the man whose body they're literally using for their own gain, but for the ongoing war, highlighting the mad lengths people will go to in a desperate bid to overcome fascism. Perhaps the one downside is that, tonally, it could have been even more overstated -- something rarely said about films. The story is so inconceivable, it almost feels like the filmmakers could have reveled more in its comedic moments, instead opting to take a more serious approach.

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