A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The story is about power plays among drug dealers
Positive Role Models
Characters are drug dealers and criminals.
Violence & Scariness
Constant point blank shootings and sadistic torture scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mostly implied, but there is a rather disturbingly violent sexual scene between a sister and brother.
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Constant use of the word "f--k," also "p---y," and everything else.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cocaine use, drinking and smoking throughout.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scarface is extremely violent from start to finish and is not recommended to anyone under the age of 17. It has developed a cultlike following, especially among teenage males. Despite the main character's death due to his violent criminal behavior, his dramatic outbursts may appeal to angsty teens. Additionally, the obscenity-filled dialogue is some of the most quotable in film history, with many lines having been incorporated into hip-hop lyrics of the past 20 years. Tony treats his wife quite poorly, verbally lashing out at her. Cocaine is a constant presence in the film. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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