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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Common Sense Media says

Top war movie is intensely violent, full of strong language.
 

Users say

(out of 8 reviews)
age 15+
 
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Kid, 11 years old March 5, 2012
age 11+
 

Amazing movie

This movie is very powerful. I had watched Full Metal Jacket in the morning I saw it, so was expecting another gory but excellent movie. I got more than I bargained for. It was haunting, excellent, and unlike most war movies, it really made war look bad. Excellent acting, too.
Teen, 14 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 January 5, 2013
age 17+
 

a powerful, gripping, and ultra-violent Vietnam tale has constant swearing, drugs, sex talk, and atrocities

this violent, loud, and powerful war film is one of the best i have ever seen, but is also one of the most violent. it does have steely performances from Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, and Tom Berenger, this Vietnam battle movie is way to explicit and graphic, even for older teens. the violence in this film is mostly bloodless, but is still strong, powerful, and intense. people, including innocent civilians, are shot, blown up, burned, and have limbs blasted off. one innocent boy in smashed in the skull, resulting in spattering blood. there are lots of grisly wounds seen for long periods of time, explosions, and gross bugs and bug wounds. but all that is childs play to what comes next. the disturbing scene where the soldiers destroy a village and attempt to rape and kill a child would have parents and even mature teens looking away. to go long with the films realistic depiction of war is non-stop language, including frequent uses of f**k, s**t, d**k, a*s, c**k, and their derivitives. soldiers also use crass sexual inuendo throughout the film. the soldiers also smoke and drink as much as they swear.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 July 20, 2015
age 16+
 

Gritty war film doesn't skimp on realism

This Best Picture-winner has a great behind the scenes story. Oliver Stone put the entire cast through bootcamp to break them down and have them in the mindset for filming. It was madness, but it turned into Oscar-winning madness. Taylor is just another young soldier sent out to the Philippines, when he realizes the massive mistake he's made, and the internal conflicts and regular atrocities of war start beating down on him. Apart from being just a solidly good movie, this is a great ensemble piece. Each soldier in the film gets a chance to shine, especially Charlie Sheen as Taylor and Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe as his sergeants. They're polar opposites, one a jaded, no-nonsense killer and the other a reluctant warrior with a great heart. Even in today's media filled with violence this movie will still shock viewers because this is based on director Oliver Stone's real-life experiences in Vietnam. While the acts of some of the men here are indeed courageous, you ask yourself: why did this need to happen in the first place?
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Written byAnonymous May 17, 2015
age 18+
 

Emotional brutal flick is full of graphic violence and language

My rating:R for graphic violence throughout and language throughout
Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2013
age 14+
 

BEST WAR MOVIE EVER!!!!!

I loved this movie but the language and drugs and violence is pretty bad the characters smoke joint and tons bodies blow up and about 150 f words but a mature kid that can stand All the bad stuff will LOVE. This movie I love learning about the Vietnam war it is my favorite war to study about overall great but ronchy movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byTip yap July 17, 2013
age 13+
 

Great BUT ONLY FOR MATURE AUDiENCES

This movie is very disturbing at some points but is essential because it shows wars true colors away from movies that make war look cool this shows that war is really a living hell
Kid, 12 years old May 26, 2013
age 18+
 

bad

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byAndres Ventura October 21, 2012
age 14+
 

Platoon Review

This is a powerful story of learning, conflict and war. It shows an inner conflict between Elias, a thoughtful sergeant, and Barnes, a scarred, cruel man. Chris learns that war is an ugly thing, but meets friends and becomes a man along the way. Lots of shooting, stabbing, cruelty,drugs,racism, and implied rape of a little Vietnamese girl. Also a mentally challenged Vietnamese teen is clubbed to death. Aside from these it has a meaningful theme, directed by a Vietnam veteran, and is my favorite war movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byTHE MOVIE BUF!!!!! July 13, 2011
age 15+
 

Alright

Very violent Rude language and more MA15+Strong violence coarse language and sexual content
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing