Parents' Guide to

Scent of a Woman

By Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Pacino's intense performance best for older teens.

Movie R 1992 157 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 14+
While the Main Character is bitter, foul-mouthed, drinks too much and is suicidal, the message is that he is in pain. He is giving up. The boy teaches him to move on. To keep pushing forward. But more importantly the message at the end is about integrity, courage and character.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (13):

While there's little violence overall, Scent of a Woman is intense -- Al Pacino gives a powerful performance that's on the verge of frightening as a very angry, depressed man. The performance earned Pacino his first Oscar.

Because of the colonel's intense nature, and his suicidal thoughts, the film is best suited to older teens, and some parts may be too disturbing for more sensitive teens. There are many good messages here (responsibility, caring for the disabled and down-and-out, anti-suicide, the importance of friends and family, and more), but the film also shows the stark reality of adult depression and alcoholism. The colonel pulls his life together with Charlie's help, and repays that kindness in a big way.

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