The Departed

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Violent, well-done thriller. Not for kids.

R 2006 151 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 75 reviews

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age 12+

One of the few films that deserved Best Picture in a long time.

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age 15+

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. VIOLENCE: SEVERE 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. LANGUAGE: SEVERE 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. 15+

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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