Kid reviews for Requiem for a Dream

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Shocking, grim addiction saga worth discussing.
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age 16+
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age 15+
Based on 30 reviews
Kid, 12 years old February 10, 2010

Good messages about drugs, extremely depressing and graphic with sex and language

First of all even this movie has a good message about drugs, it's very depressing and sexually graphic and contains muchos language. They say f--k, motherf--ker, s--t, b-tch, a--, hell, etc. It is not pervasively violent, but the violence that is shown is pretty strong (shootings, torture, etc.). The sex is way graphic. It shoes female nudity (full frontal) and shows lesbian and straight sex acts (along with prostitution in the unrated version). Drug use is constant and graphic but has a good message about what drugs can do to any person (black or white, male or female, 10 or 80). It is very depressing and there is no hope for any of the characters. Iffy for ages 17+, if i had kids I wouldn't let them see until they moved out.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bydemolitionlover13 October 12, 2011

Amazing movie, if you can handle it.

This is an amazing movie. I first saw it when I was in middle school, and it has changed my life. What do children see when they turn on the tv? Something glamorizing drinking and drug use. This movie tells it like it is, the addiction, and a glimpse at the withdrawal process. This movie will keep teenagers away from drugs much more than a talk with their parent will. There is intense sexual situations that will not be appropriate for most children, it all depends on what you deem alright for them. It is a movie about drugs, but the only scene that disturbed me was the main character injecting into an infected hole in his arm. Overall, I think that everyone should see this at one point in their life, you'll never forget it.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bythedigitalmastermind July 15, 2011

Great movie, dark, violent, disturbing, sexual, and gritty.

This is a dark, dream-like motion picture. It involves various addictions in which the characters are driven to tragic ends. An old mother is driven to a tragic insanity, and there are scenes of disturbing hallucinations, scary violence, and some excessive drug use and somewhat graphic sex scenes, not visually, but it is graphic from what the viewer imagines, as one female goes into sex shows for prostitution. It is a great movie, but only for the most advanced, mature tweens and teens.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byEduardo Peixoto November 20, 2011

Very thought-provoking and debate inducing

This is another clear example of media which, even though fueled with extreme scenes, is positive to ones formation - it stimulates debates around themes which are very common to the teenager and it improves its relation with what surrounds him - especially if this teenager lives in a urban area. Amazing movie, one of the best portrayals of the drug scene/culture.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byJack Harlor January 19, 2014

Notice, they never say Heroin in the whole movie.

This film should be required high school viewing just to prove a point. And that point is beware dependence on anything. The Cinematography is solid just as Ellen Burstyn's performance is (And it's also pretty terrifying). And the same to all of the other great actors in this Darren Aronofsky modern day classic.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bytriinuj January 12, 2014

You people are crazy.

I'm 16 and recently watched it in school with my class and let me tell you, it really messed me up. Being my age, I know quite a lot of the addiction and weight-loss part and I'm really open-minded about all that, but (finally) seeing it portrayed as it really is, made me think twice. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD don't let your kids see it unless they're at least 14-16 years old. It might leave them mentally scarred by disturbing images.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byInception97 July 30, 2011

One of the most depressingly real movies ever made

By the end of this film I felt both unbelievably depressed and horribly disturbed. Thats not to say this is a bad movie. It's the opposite. This is an amazing movie, but is filled with bloody violence, pervasive language, explicit drug use and graphic sex scenes, including a female on female sex show and lower female nudity. (although this is non sexual) If your looking for an uplifting movie about people overcoming struggles to find hope, look somewhere else, because this film has no happy endings and no hope. Watch it and you will feel empty inside.
Kid, 11 years old July 2, 2010
This is really good movie. I loved it! My heart was crying and I had really sad time when I saw this movie. Because the drugs every thing was ruined, that's the postive message and this film show the woman's bottom part and there was so many drugs

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Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag July 16, 2012

Intense, emotional drug addiction movie is great, but too graphic for younger viewers.

"Requiem for a Dream" is a critically acclaimed drug addiction drama by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler). Like its lesser known preceeder "Pi", the first thing that stands out is the unusual editing style. The movie uses fast and slow motion, SnorriCam, hand camera and normal camera. There are several scenes using several unique editing techniques that can be quite hard to watch for those who are familiar with Hollywood filming techniques. Another outstanding thing is the superb soundtrack composed by Clint Mansell. No matter if sad, disturbing or party-like, the music always fits perfectly. All of the actors are superb. Ellen Burstyn was Oscar-nominated, and also Jared Leto should have been. Marlon Wayans, who is known for making fairly bad comedies, gives a performance you wouldn't have thought he could. The whole plot is excellent and the ending is one of the most touching and best of all time. "Requiem for a Dream" is one of the most intense, but also one of the best films ever made and I recommend this movie to everyone. However, the movie is not for everyone. (SPOILERS may follow:) The movie was originally rated NC-17, but I personally think the MPAA was overreacting. I mean, this movie is definitely not for younger viewers or for the faint of heart, but there were much more graphic movies that have been rated R (e.g. "Black Swan"). The main reason for the NC-17 rating was one scene towards the ending in which two girls must perform a sexual act in which a double-ended sex toy is inserted in their anuses. These scenes are quick and hard to spot. You see one of the girl's face, the sex toy, a cheering crowd, a very brief image of the impact and men making comments about it. All this is very brief and not meant to arouse. It may sounds worse than it is. The whole section "Winter" is extremely disturbing, mostly because of the music that is played ("Meltdown" by Clint Mansell), the expressions of the actors/actresses and the editing style. A man is shot and blood spurts onto another man (unexpected, but not too graphic). A girl imagines to stab a man's hand with a fork (blood is seen, but it is not real). The whole section "Winter" features scenes of psychological terror and in one case, an intense depiction of electro shock therapy. A man's arm is surgically cut and blood spurts (very brief). The ending scene is very heart-breaking. A woman has hallucinations of a fridge beginning to attack her (nothing happens, but it can be frightning for younger viewers). The whole movie is about (both illegal and legal) drugs. It is not a bit glorifying, the whole movie is against drugs. The language is typical R-language. (END OF SPOILERS) I think it is okay for older teenagers around 16.

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Teen, 15 years old Written by40706 October 25, 2011

Take it, watch it, hate it, love it, finish it

If you look around and see all the movies that have come out in the last decade, you will see that most of the big box office hits have been big budget action flicks like Transformers. In addition to them being big movies, they also have no real ability to be called a work of art. They’re common, predictable, and uncreative. You do, however get the golden gem every so often. Examples of one of these gems are films like, Black Swan, The Road, Precious, and The Kings Speech. One film I think that can stand out from those is the universally and critically acclaimed film, Requiem for a Dream. It’s somewhat of an older film, having been made in 2000, but sends a kind of message without anything that would annoy you. Having been beautifully crafted by the same genius who directed Pi, Darren Aronofsky, I can say without any doubt, that this is one of the greatest movies of the 21st century. The film opens with a housewife is chaining her television to the radiator in her dingy apartment. When her son comes to take it (intending to sell it for drug money) she locks herself in the bathroom. However, through some negotiating, she gives up the key for the lock and her son is on his way. As you suspect, it’s a routine that they go through all the time. After selling the TV, you see that Harry (Sara Goldfarb’s son) in currently living with his longtime girlfriend, Marion and that their best friend Tyrone, who are all addicted to heroin. Not only that, but Sara is addicted to something as well; TV and sugar. But when Sara receives a phone call from her favorite game show, she decides to give up on the food and go on a diet Meanwhile, Harry, Marion, and Tyrone get their hands on some very expensive and nice heroin and decide to sell it so they can make their “fortune”. The only problem is that when Tyrone is put in jail for being affiliated with a gang dealing drugs, they spend all the money to post bail for Tyrone. Later, when trying to get back on track, the trio discovers that some new “stuff” isn’t come to New York any time soon because of law crack down. In order to get more “stuff” Harry and Tyrone set out to Florida with the money that Marion had just gotten by having sex with her old physiatrist. In the meantime, Sara has become addicted to appearing on her game show. The problem is that she has become addicted to her diet pills and starts to take more in one dosage because “"The pills don't work so good anymore." When she begins to hallucinate that her refrigerator is out to get her, she begins to lose all her grip on reality. Eventually she is brought into an asylum when medical treatment isn’t working for her, so they have to use extreme measures that render her incapable of emotion. During all this, Harry, on his way to Florida with Tyrone, gets his arm infected from all his injections and gets taken to a hospital, when the police catch up to him and Tyrone. Unfortunately ends up needing his arm amputated to save his life, and both Tyrone and Harry are thrown in jail. Marion waits for Harry to return but can’t keep waiting after a few days so she goes to a pimp and becomes a prostitute in exchange for heroin. As you can see, the whole movie is one downward spiral from one hell to the next. The movie was given the worthless NC-17 rating by the MPAA; rejecting it, Artisan Entertainment asked theaters to enforce an adults-only policy. After being criticized by the general public for being too graphic and grim, another outcry was going against what people were saying. They thought that the movie was one that was true to the world and how drugs worked you down. Not only is the acting superb (in a grimy and grim sort of way), but the cinematic were phenomenal. The camera in positioned as to give the view some kind of wristed view from the characters perspective. Also, Aronofsky uses powerful close-ups to depict the drug usage. First we see the pills, or fix, filling the screen, then the injection, swallowing or sniffing that blots out the world. Then the pupils of their eyes dilate; all done with an acute exaggeration of sounds. These sequences are done in fast-motion, to show how quickly the drugs take effect and how disappointingly soon they fade. The in-between times show an edge toward desperation and hopelessness.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHouseTargaryen December 30, 2017

Aronofsky's Requiem for A Dream is a great movie and is also very surreal.

A great movie, but is quite depressing. The movie is based off of the novel of the same name by Huebert Selby, and is directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Pi, mother!) It is very anti-drug since all the characters are left with no hope. There are two different versions of the movie. There is the original cut of the movie which is Unrated due to graphic sexual content. The original cut is marketed as the "Directors Cut" of the film. There is also an R-Rated version of the film for intense depiction of drug addiction, graphic sexuality, strong language, and some violence. At first, the movie was harshly rated NC-17 by the MPAA. But the studio didn't want to accept this. An opposition was lodged against this rating, but it was defeated. So it was decided to release the film unratedly. For US home cinemas, there was an edited version manufactured, using alternate footage at the more explicit scenes. Thereby, the replaced scenes are equally as long to the frame. This censored version was rated R and is being sold as an "Edited Version". The uncensored original version is being advertised as Director's Cut in the USA. Drugs are present throughout the movie and it is graphically shown, but it is not by any means promoting drug use; it is discouraging drug use and selling. As far as language goes fuck and shit are used frequently along with milder profanities. There is very little violence through out the movie. The sexual content is quite heavy as well. There are a couple instances of male and female nudity. A man's nude arse is shown along with a woman's bare breasts and pubic hair. Genitalia is not present in this movie. One of the main themes of the film is that a young woman (Marion) is hooked on heroin and is forced to start prostituting herself to obtain drugs. Marion (Jennifer Connelly) first gives oral sex to a man. The act is not shown, but her head is briefly seen lowering down towards his crotch as she opens her mouth. In another scene Marion and another woman go "ass to ass" with a double sided dildo. Both women are drug addicts who perform for heroin. This scene is graphically detailed, but brief. Penetration of the dildo is shown. In the R-rated version the penetration of the sex toy is never actually shown. However, both versions of the movie are equally as good. It really just depends on if you or your child want to watch two women prostitute themselves for drugs, except in the "Edited Version" said scene is shorter and is graphic but not as graphic as the "Director's Cut." For both versions, I would recommend at least ages 14-15 and up. It really just depends on the child and if you want your child to work the movie. There is a website that goes through the differences between the two versions. I'll put the link right here. To get to the page just copy and paste the link into your internet browser. https://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=48227

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Teen, 16 years old Written byIlikefuturama February 20, 2016

This is a very good movie but, most viewers especially younger ones will not be able to handle it

The first thing people need to know about this movie is that the director told everyone during the premiere that the film they were about to watch was insanely depressing and he would trade their tickets for any other movie if they did not want that type of experience. Nobody took his offer and by the end of the movie the entire crowd was frozen. The fact that this movie depicts things such as (SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT ) Prostitution, amputation and shock therapy is not even the most depressing aspect. That distinction goes to how bleak the movie views american society and humanity in general. Every character except the four addicts themselves show complete indifference or even shoe contempt for Harry, Tyrone, Marion and Sarah's problems. The first thing Marion's psychiatrist thinks when she asks for a 2000 dollar loan and starts showing clear signs of heroin withdrawal ( which he should recognize ) is to demand sexual favors for the money. When Harry visits a hospital about an infected vein the doctor realizes its caused by heroin and calls the police to arrest him and DOESN'T GIVE HIM TREATMENT (please tell me that's illegal). After two days in jail the guards finally take him back to the hospital (at which point Harry requires an amputation). Sarah gets recruited for a TV game show and wants to lose 12 pounds to fit into an old dress and a dietary specialist prescribes her 3 amphetamine pills per day and completely ignores the subsequent psychosis it causes her ,saying its just side effects, to the point where she may never recover from her episode. I do not think this depiction of what addicts go through is necessarily a bad one since the exploitation and neglect of addicts is an actual societal problem and shocking the viewers into caring is probably the only way they will but, I do think that younger viewers should defiantly stay away from this and that older viewers regardless of their age should think whether or not they'd be able to handle one of the bleakest depictions of society and drug addiction ever put to film.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySongOnePuzzle December 13, 2013

Controversial Subject Matter, With An Important Message.

This film is one of the bleakest, hardest to sit through films I have ever seen. It is disturbing, heartbreaking, beautifully directed, wonderfully acted, and absolutely magnificent. Honestly, I struggle to think of many films that are more important to watch than this; it's honestly a masterpiece. Despite the subject matter of addiction being handled graphically - this film holds no punches, and tells it like it is - none of the content comes across as gratuitous, because nothing in this film is glorified. Although, it doesn't come across like an extreme anti-drug PSA, it really does feel authentic and genuinely honest. I, personally, see no reason to attempt to 'protect' a young person aged 14+ from this film, as it is guaranteed to deliver a portrait of drug addiction that is in no way glamorous. This film will most likely not cause any problem for teenagers, assuming they can handle the frank subject matter and distressing imagery, but will show them a realistic, darker side to addiction that is tragically lacking from entertainment aimed at that age group.

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Kid, 12 years old August 24, 2012

Good Message...Yes, Good Role Models...Definitely Not

I'm surprised this gets none for positive messages. I can get that there aren't really any good role models, but it shows how drugs can ruin your life, your dreams, and your relationships. Lots of drugs (obviously), Lots of sex, violence (some quiet disturbing), and lots of language. I myself am12, but it's not all that good for your middle-schoolers. Probably talk to your kids at the end about what could happen when you get into drugs, for example descent into madness, crushed dreams, and prison. Make sure you've had the whole sex talk with your kids way before this, and even then cover their eyes...And get the cleaner version. Watch before you let your kids watch it. And if you think they can't handle it, don't let them. And if it gets too sad or intense, you can always do what Steven Spielberg did when filming Schindler's List: Seinfield clips!

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDonutsforLife June 29, 2017

Depressing and Disturbing

This movie is very depressing. When I watched it awhile back, it left me depressed for weeks and it stayed in my head for a while. It deals with drugs and the effect it has on four people. They all have dreams of doing something, but drugs lead to the characters imprisonment in a world of delusion and reckless desperation that is subsequently overtaken by reality, thus leaving them as hollow shells of their former selves. Two of which either have physical pain, or emotional pain. It has lots of nudity in it, as well as drugs and violence. *SPOILERS* This story is about four people, Harry, Marion, Sara, and Tyrone. All of them have dreams of doing something. Harry and Tyrone have visions of becoming big drug dealers, Marion wants to be a fashion designer, and Sara has a dream of being on her favorite show that she watches. Sara is watching her tv show and gets an ad in the mail that she could be a guest on this show. Delighted to hear this, she gets out the dress that she wore to Harry's graduation and sees she can't fit the dress she wants to wear on the tv show. Wanting to do this, she takes dieting pills to help loose weight. She ends up taking too much of these pills because she is frantic about the invitation, and gets hallucinations as a side effect. She slowly goes insane, and is taken to get electro shock therapy. She then later finds out the invatation was a spam and wasn't real. Harry and Tyrone are drug dealers and drug addicts. They sell drugs to get money, and live off of it. Harry loves his girlfriend Marion, and tells her they will soon earn enough money to get her her clothing design business she desires. Tyrone gets arrested, and Harry has to use all their money to bail him out. The supply of heroin becomes restricted, and they are unable to find any for any use or sale. Tyrone later finds out of a large shipment, but prices are doubled. Harry is desperate, and suggests to his girlfriend Marion to ask her psychiatrist for money in exchange of affection, she does so at a great cost for her romance. When the drug deal is unsuccessful, Harry returns to Marion empty handed, who is desperate for heroine, and the pair argue. He gives her the number of a pimp who trades heroine for sex, and leaves. Harry and Tyrone decide that in order to put their business back on track, they will drive to Florida and buy directly from the wholesaler there. While driving to Miami, Tyrone sees Harry's arm from injected heroine and how infected it is, and both go to a hospital. The doctors notice the drug abuse, and both Harry and Tyrone are arrested. Meanwhile, Marion has sex with the pimp to get heroine. Afterwards after realizing her addiction, the pimp says he will give her a bigger score if she shows up that weekend for a party. In the end, Tyrone does hard labor in jail, while being taunted by guards and suffers from drug withdrawal. Harry's infected arm is amputated, and Marion is humiliated as the subject of sexual acts at the pimp's sex party. In the end, Sara's friends come to the hospital to visit and are distraught by her almost vegetative state. Harry wakes up from his amputation, and becomes crestfallen, knowing Marion won't come visit him. Marion lies on the sofa, clutching the heroine in her hands. That night, Sara has a dream that she wins the prize on the show hosted by her favorite tv host, with Harry as the guest of honor. *END OF SPOILERS*. All in all, this movie is a great masterpiece, but can be very disturbing in lots of spots. I don't get disturbed easily, but this movie disturbed me the most out of all the movies I have seen in my life. I wish this film could be shown in high schools instead of what they show to kids to not do drugs. Showing them this movie will give them a bitter taste on reality of what drugs really do to you. They mess you up, your life, your dreams, and the ones you love.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bysheiser September 30, 2013

Teens Should View And Discuss Film With Parents

Appropriate for ages 15 & up. The film contains explicit sexual content and extreme drug use. It should be seen with your child and discussed after seeing. The film shows the negative affects of drugs and it should be emphasized sharply to younger viewers. It has a positive message in my opinion, because it dis-encourages drug use.

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Kid, 11 years old September 21, 2013

Great film, Positive message

This film is probably my all time favorite. But it's definitely got some inappropriate scenes in that may scare younger or sensitive viewers. Other than the many s*x scenes, I think this film gives a positive message for all ages, telling you not to do drugs. The ending scene is shocking for all ages but otherwise I think you should be at least 12 or 13 to watch this (unless you are sensitive to scary and shocking scenes)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byperson1111 October 7, 2017

A good film to show teens, but not for fun

This a very depressing and dark movie. There is a LOT of drug use that is portrayed in a bad way. It shows how drugs can ruin a persons life. Good message. I recommend you show this film to teens or younger to show how bad drugs can be. Wouldn't recommend to watch if your just trying to watch and a fun and enjoyable movie.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypo84 January 4, 2017

Intense, Scary, Emotional!! Mature Teens

This movie is extremely dark and depressing. Some movie scenes are a bit inappropriate for younger viewers (like the storyline itself). The movie doesn't have the slightest bit of happiness so if you're looking for a feel good movie, this definitely isn't the right movie!! However, this movie is highly entertaining and very powerful. If you can put up with this movie I highly recommend it!!

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Teen, 17 years old Written bydylanm312 December 23, 2016

Fantastic anti-drug messages, but very very graphic

Requiem for a Dream is an artistic masterpiece. Its depiction of the slow collapse of a mostly archetypal family into narcotic-fueled hell is by far the most powerful anti-drug message I have ever received, far more powerful than any kind of government education program. However, this message comes at a cost. In order to get under the viewer's skin and really impart the anti-drug rhetoric into their mind, the film features graphic scenes of prostitution, violence, and drug use. Harry's arm also becomes gruesomely infected by the end of the movie and must be amputated. Overall, I think that this movie is one that should be shared with everyone due to its overwhelmingly positive message, but only once they mature enough to handle the graphic content.

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