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Parents' Guide to

Out of Time

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Best for older teens and their parents.

Movie PG-13 2003 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Danger: Disturbing Graphic Sex Scene( Pass on this Movie )

Another reviewer stated, "the sex scenes border on pornographic, especially at the beginning, when two of the main characters enact a rape. This was not essential to the story." I AGREE! I was horrified even though I saw this on a bus trip with many others on a small screen--how embarrassing! Take the move and throw it in the trash. Sure, I was tempted to give it to give it 2 stars. It does have action but deeply regretted being exposed to such a graphic beginning...which was totally unnecessary for the movie. Our children deserve far better-AMEN.
age 17+

Film noir throwback

This is a 40s film noir throwback. Only in the 1940s the sexual friction, due to the Hayes code, was alluded to more than it was explicitly stated. In this film things are briefly more explicit, but the film hightails it quickly into full detective antics with crosses and double crosses. Although the film depicts life and death it never seems to take itself too seriously in presenting its characters and the film eventually feels a bit predictable...even though the ride was fun.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Like Body Heat, Out of Time is a throwback to the noir classics, in which an ordinary man is drawn into disaster. Matt (and the audience) may think at first that he has done the wrong thing for the right reasons, but then things spiral out of control and into disaster. The plot holes are outweighed by the specifics of the story and the people who tell it. The movie makes nice sly use of the cliche that white people think that all black people look alike. Having Alex as the homicide detective assigned to the case is a fine twist, and affects her in personal and professional ways.

Most important, there is Washington himself, one of the all-time most mesmerizing and appealing screen stars. This role takes full advantage of all of Washington's greatest strengths, especially his ability to get and keep us on his side and his brilliance in conveying a secretive character. Lathan and Mendes are both exceptionally fine, and Cain is nicely creepy and menacing. The real find here, though, is John Billingsly as Matt's colleague Shay, whose gives his line readings a deliciously offbeat spin, making him far more than the standard wisecracking sidekick.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 2, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: January 6, 2004
  • Cast: Denzel Washington , Eva Mendes , Sanaa Lathan
  • Director: Carl Franklin
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors, Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, violence and some language
  • Last updated: October 30, 2023

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