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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film is not for kids -- but many will want to see it due to the incredibly heavy promotion during TV shows popular with kids. It's far too graphically violent for those under 17, including images of heads being shot and spurting blood, limbs being broken, bodies sprawled and bloody, and expressions of pain by victims of shootings and beatings. Sexual imagery includes a scene in a porn theater that cuts to the screen (the actors are engaged in sexual activity, but no X-rated shots are visible) and frequent sexual slang (some of which is homophobic). Characters smoke in almost every scene, and drink occasionally, and Billy takes pills throughout the film, indicating his increasing paranoia and depression.
This thrill ride of a film has constant language and general mature content
The Departed (2006) isn’t your average crime film, even more so it isn’t your average film at all. This movie isn’t for kids, a parent would know that within the first second of the movie, as it abruptly begins with footage of a street fight, that being said throughout the film expect constant, strong language, violence, some sexual content, mature humor and some drug material.
The opening scene shows a street fight, gang activity in non-graphic detail.
A man and woman are shot in the head with blood mist, this isn’t graphic as it’s shown from afar at a side angle.
Police raid a house and they are shown tossing around and busting criminals.
A man smashes a glass over the head of another man leaving a large bloody wound. Soon after, the same man is repeatedly punched, knocking him out.
A corpse is shown, some blood.
A man attacks two monsters in a store, he punches one in the face violently and smashes the other into a glass before one snaps his hand. The monster on the ground (previously punched) is violently bashed in the face with a coat hangar, killing him. Their corpses are found in a ditch with graphic injury detail.
A man has his cast violently smashed onto a table, hurting his broken arm and smashing the cast into pieces. A man then takes a shoe and repeatedly strikes his broken arm until letting up and exiting the room.
A man is smacked across the face, knocking his tooth out.
A man has a painting smashed on his forehead and we see a giant gash before his attacker shoots him in the kneecap spilling blood everywhere and causing him to scream in pain.
A man throws a toy at another mans face, leaving a small cut before another man takes a bottle, places it on a gun and suddenly shoots the man in the head. Blood spray is shown for a split second before we see a shit of the bullet hole in his head.
A man takes a severed hand out of a bag and begins toying around with it while eating. Bloody and pretty nasty.
A montage of beatings and killing shows some people being struck with pipes, etc. with a brief splat of blood on the wall from who knows what.
An extremely brief flashback of a man strangling his wife with a wire, nothing shown but a brief shot of him wrapping it around her neck.
A man is thrown off of a building and splats on the ground below. Blood is shown pouring from his face and splattered all over the concrete, this is emotional.
A gunfight erupts causing a man to be shot in the stomach and for a police officer to be shot in the shoulder. Blood sprays everywhere before the scene ends.
A man with a large bullet hole in his stomach dies on a couch.
An innocent man is stabbed in the stomach on accident causing blood to pool around him.
Towards the end of the film, a large, bloody gunfight erupts causing countless gang members to be killed. Each of them die in bloody fashion spraying blood left and right, a man is shot in the stomach and tries to stay alive but shoots himself in the head, blood smears and splatters cars and more before the final man is shot in the side. He stumbles behind the rubble of the shootout. He walks around with blood pouring out of his mouth and covering his teeth before he is shot again, causing blood to spray out of his chest and mouth and for him to fall into a plow, however he still manages to stay alive through this, getting up with blood pouring out of his mouth, however his attacker fires several more rounds into him, killing him. He is shown dead with blood pooled everywhere as he lies with his arms out.
A man is grabbed and repeatedly beaten in the face with a gun causing blood to pour out of his mouth. His attacker takes him hostage and holds his gun to his head before bringing him into an elevator. While exiting, the man is very suddenly shot in the head, spraying a very large amount of blood on the wall behind him. Blood pools around his head. Afterwards, another man is suddenly shot in the head, spraying blood and then eventually, another man is shot in the head spraying blood. This is a very graphic, upsetting and sudden scene.
A man is shot in the head, splattering blood on a door and pooling blood around his head.
Around 237 uses of “f*ck”, 5 uses of “c*nt”, 2 uses of “n*gger”, 24 uses of “sh*t”, 6 uses of “c*cksucker” one use each of “f*ggot” and “son of a b*tch”, use of “bullsh*t”, “m*ck”, “ch*nk”, “d*ck”, “c*ck”, “damn”, “hell”, “a**hole”, “ass”, “pr*ck”, “p*ssy”, and other swears.
SEXUAL CONTENT: MODERATE
Several sex references relating to masturbation, sex, and others, examples being “ride faster than a 12 year olds d*ck”, “c*ck up your ass” and others. Frequent references relating to “blowjobs”, “jerking off”, “jacking off”, etc.
It is implied throughout a man sleeps with younger women than him, prostitutes.
A man and woman make out in bed, they undress down to their undergarments, the woman has a mostly see-through bra, partially revealing her breasts.
A man is shown preparing to have sex with prostitutes, and says “don’t move until your numb”
2 men are in a pornographic theater, one of the men makes sexual noises implying he is masturbating before he turns around revealing an obviously fake penis. It isn’t clearly stated weather this is supposed to be a real penis or a prosthetic, even though the joke works either way. Nothing too graphic is shown on the screen except from some moaning noises and brief glimpses of sexual movement.
DRUG CONTENT: MODERATE
We see drugs on a few occasions such as coke (in a drug deal, preps for drug deals, aman also tries it briefly), heroin on a table, a man sprinkles cocaine on women and himself, some people are shown trying drugs very briefly, some alcohol use.
THE DEPARTED centers on two moles working at cross purposes while using similar methods -- that is, tipping off their superiors to their opponents' plans via cell phones. Colin (Matt Damon) makes his way through the ranks of the Massachusetts State Troopers while spying for flamboyant Irish mobster Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). In turn, Captain Queenan (Martin Sheen) and pugnacious Sergeant Dignam (a very entertaining Mark Wahlberg) recruit their own mole, Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio) -- whose family background is filled with gangsters and crooks -- to infiltrate Frank's crew.
Is It Any Good?
A densely layered, lively saga of betrayal and revenge, The Departed features powerhouse performances and virtuoso profanity. Directed by Martin Scorsese and scripted by William Monahan, the movie is brutal and brainy, with speedy plot twists and deceptions layered on top of deceptions.
Less elegant, rowdier, and more neatly resolved than the original, The Departed loves its excesses. Scorsese grants Nicholson a wide berth, and his antics provide plenty of "color" (especially his rat imitation, as he worries out loud about finding the spy). Doubled and different at the same time, both Billy and Colin struggle with their "identities," cleverly illustrated by both the surveillance and communications technology (cell phones, wires, lost signals) they use and the film's editing, which emphasizes their parallel tracks and near collisions.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the difficulties posed by loyalties and lies. In order to do their job, the two moles have to lie to their friends, associates, and family. What emotional difficulties does that situation create?
What kind of stress would that put on your life over a long period of time?
How would you feel if you found out someone you cared about was living a double life?
Also, what function does Madolyn serve as the protagonists' therapist and lover? And how are both moles' "father figures" -- Frank the gangster and Captain Queenan -- similar?