Parents' Guide to

Son of a Gun

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent, vivid Aussie gangster film too edgy for most teens.

Movie R 2015 108 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Racism throughout!?

age 13+

Violent movie but yet teens can watch this!

This movie is violent with plenty of intense scenes! My 13 year old kid watched it and said it was fine! So it wasn't that intense but intense!

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (1):

Despite some shortcomings, Son of a Gun is tough and vivid, and it's perfectly enjoyable in the moment. After making prize-winning short films, Australian filmmaker Julius Avery based his first feature film loosely on his own troubled life. The result is fairly conventional, employing all of the usual chestnuts of the gangster genre. The relationships between the three main characters, for example, go all the way back to Gilda (1946) and have been done many times since.

Part of the movie's freshness comes from its Australian setting, which adds a bit of grit where fedoras used to be. McGregor is totally committed to his role, mixing both a threatening vehemence and a kindly sympathy that makes him fascinating, someone to look up to. Thwaites seems a bit too pretty for his role -- he's given a facial scar to make him look tougher -- but he manages the untested innocence that his role requires.

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