Parents' Guide to

The Devil's Advocate

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violence, sex, profanity dominate graphic temptation tale.

Movie R 1997 144 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Great theme, but keep it from ALL kids!

The acting is very good and the theme and overall moral to the story is VERY well done and makes you leave realizing how the Devil has worked like this in your life. I wish it did not have so much nudity. It would be great for under 16 to see and discuss with parents, but DO NOT LET ANYONE UNDER 18 view it, no matter how much they beg! Definitely worth seeing and introducing after 18. If you’re open to it, you may just change your lifestyle...

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 18+

Not for kids at all

Excellent story with far too much sex and nudity. Ruined an otherwise great film.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (3):
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This '90s temptation tale has its moments but is absolutely not for kids. The strong supporting cast is the real star, here. Al Pacino is shudderingly creepy, and Charlize Theron is engagingly vulnerable as her world starts to crumble. Reeves does pretty well, too, in that his Keanu-ness doesn't get in the way of his character too often. But as an effective morality tale, unfortunately the movie falls short. The twist at the end weakens the message about the evils of temptation so that much of the violence, sex, and mature themes, which should serve to show the perils of the dark side, instead seem mostly gratuitous. Viewers will be left feeling conflicted between titillation and revulsion.

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