this is honestly one of the best movies I've ever seen, and I'm picky with what I like so this is saying a lot! the first half is so mysterious and intriguing, you try to figure the whole thing out and when you think you do everything points to something else. then everything starts to get even more eerie then it already is and more confusing and more intriguing and you can't help but get sucked into the story. I don't want to spoil anything but let me just say you will NEVER see the end coming! this movie is better then you could ever imagine, I can't stress this enough! if you like mysteries, creepy movies you will LOVE this one. plus, Leonardo DiCaprio is beyond amazing in this role! you really feel everything he's feeling!
WHAT THE PARENTS NEED TO KNOW:
there isn't any sex. just one kiss but it's not really passionate. Teddy (the lead character) passes by a cell that has a few naked men in it, nothing sexual about it, just mentally ill men mumbling and pacing, the scene is only like 3 seconds so it really isn't that important just thought I would include everything. they do curse, the occasional 'fuck' 'goddamnit' things like that.
there is a scene of them talking to a mental patient and the patient says
'cock' a few times. there is a good amount of talk about torture, like old technics of trying to cure the patient with electrical shocks, cutting out parts of their brain, poking an icepick through their eyes, but none of these are done. there's a scene with kids face down in the lake, dead. a scene where a man shoots his wife, there's a good amount of blood.
the reason I put 15+ is this is a very intricate story and you really need to focus and it would be hard for some to keep up. also its rather dark so I guess you should just know your kid and base your decision off of them.