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By David Gurney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Extremely violent '80s crime classic with drugs, sex, etc.

Movie R 1983 170 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 17+

An amazing mobster classic with a lot of f-bombs

This film is an AMAZING film starring Al Pacino. Its about a mobsters violent rise to a prominent drug lord. The storyline is not too sexual, there is some bathroom sex but only the back is seen, and tony constantly ogles his wife. The 3 concerns are language violence, and most of all, DRUGS. The violence is about as bad as John Wick (worst seen is a closeup head shot with a magnum, brains on window) This film has the 2nd most f word in any movie, the f word is used 1 time per 30 seconds along with every cuss known to man. But Drugs oh my god. Constant snorting, injecting, smoking. There is a time in the movie where there is a huge pile of crack on tonys desk, and he sticks his face in the pile and breathes it in. Aside from these things, the storyline is great, the character himself is a bad man, but the story of him is great. Recomend to watch with your 16-17 year old.
age 14+


Classic 80's film with some decent amount of bloodshed Except lots drug scenes and not so many sexual scenes Shows a lot about loyalty! Recommendable for any age but if your kid had or is looking forward trying drugs then i recommend not playing this film,makes cocaine look like a life-cure

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (59 ):

Al Pacino gives his first of many truly over-the-top performances with gusto in Scarface. This film's reputation stands up there with Pulp Fiction (1994) as a "must see" for hip teens (especially males) who love their violence spiked with copious amounts of darkly humorous dialogue ("Say hello to my little friend.").

Every bit of the film, from the camera moves to the set design is excessively done, like Tony's life, and in that sense, the film is imbued with a feeling of 1980s self-indulgent immorality. This film is extremely violent and is not recommended to anyone under the age of 17.

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