Parents' Guide to

The Departed

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, well-done thriller. Not for kids.

Movie R 2006 151 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 15+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 17+

Complicated twists and turns...very different from the original.

DiCaprio and Damon playing cat and mouse and it keeps you glued to your seats. Feels awesome to watch and you want to see it all play out. I have also seen Infernal Affairs (the source material) and in many ways it is an unfair comparison the two films have completely different tones. This film is very Scorcesean and all of that entails.

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Parents say (21):
Kids say (58):

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.

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