Parents' Guide to

The Game

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Engaging '90s thriller has lots of violence, profanity.

Movie R 1997 128 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Wonderful movie.
age 16+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

While the movie's excesses at times feel ludicrous, no one can deny that The Game is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining movie with many unexpected twists and turns. Once "the game" gets started, the action is unrelenting, delirious, and frenzied, and within the world of this movie, the lines between reality and fiction become so blurred, nothing seems quite real, and yet nothing seems impossible either.

While some of the satire on society, as well as the self-satisfied message about the meaning of life, hasn't aged well, the action of the story itself is as much an exercise of the brain as it is a release of adrenaline. In fact, questioning how the different scenarios might have possibly been pulled off by the shadowy organization that is putting Van Orton through the proverbial wringer is as much a "game" as the game played in the movie itself. For this reason alone, it's a movie that's just as easy for some to hate as it is for others to love, but no matter the opinion, The Game is an unforgettable experience.

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