Side Effects

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Thriller's twisty plot overshadows thought-provoking themes.

R 2013 106 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 14+

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age 17+

An intense thrill ride throughout. Entertaining, shocking and compelling!

Side Effects is a dark, tense psychological crime thriller which is chalk full of major plot twists and some characters actions (that unveils halfway through the film) becomes more menacing and shocking. The main synopsis is about a young woman whom apparently attempts suicide and is referred to a psychiatrist named Dr. Banks, whom prescribes her on this newly developed psychiatric prescription drug, which uncovers with unexpected side effects - murder. she murders her boyfriend in her sleepwalking stages, and then jeopardizes Dr. Banks' position. Jude Law, Rooney Mara, and Catherine Zeta-Jones were great choices for this specific movie, because they're good at playing charismatic characters with yet deceiving qualities. Side Effects is not intended for a young audience based on my experience watching this film, which is based around a character who unveils to have had past adult indiscretions with another. Violence is infrequent but graphic, especially the murder scene. Language is another big concern (uses of f**k, sh*t), and a couple graphic sex scenes including one with full frontal nudity. Prescription drugs are used and mentioned throughout this film, especially the one given by Dr. Banks, which gave a young woman terrifying side effects which ended up with a person she loved dead. Nevertheless, this movie was a surprise and I mean a major surprise, better than I expected.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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