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By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

A smart, smooth technological thriller.

Movie PG-13 1992 126 minutes
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age 14+

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age 15+


Just wanted to clarify a few things since common sense media doesn't accurately describe the content in this film. There is only one f-word, but there are probably 20 to 30 other swear words in this film including prominent uses of the s-word. There is a sexually suggestive scene in which Redford's team watches a couple start to have sex before the camera pans away to their reaction to it. The actual act is mostly off-screen. Not a horrible movie (especially if you catch an edited cut on tv), but there is more than one curse word here and there is at least one sexually suggestive moment.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
3 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Great movie, neat tech.

I've loved this movie from the first time I viewed it. I am very excited to show it to my technology class as a little fact, a little fiction and a good technological adventure. ETA: Now that I've re-watched the movie the language is a little stronger then I remembered, and there is one 'near' sex scene that a sensitive student had a problem with. Still glad to show it to my class, they are really enjoying it. It's going to make a great discussion on what tech in the movie is real and what is made up.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Sneakers is a cleverly written, rapidly paced, and blessedly non-violent thriller. It's a terrific vehicle for Robert Redford, who's in top form in a role tailored to his strengths. His relaxed, intelligent charm is a good foil for the eccentric characters of his colleagues, including David Strathairn, who plays a blind computer whiz. Each of them has his own quirky appeal, and together they create a team that functions according to its own loopy logic.

The movie is at its best in scenes that show the team inventing and putting into action various high-tech shenanigans. It's loads of fun to observe the gang staking out Cosmo's headquarters, or using Marty's ex-girlfriend to tape record a computer geek's secret password. Children who can follow the sophisticated twists and technological lingo will enjoy the ride; others may get lost in the hijinks. The movie stumbles towards the end, when the blind man has to drive a truck in reverse according to Marty's instructions over headphones. Reality flies out the window, and almost ruins the entire enterprise.

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