The Game

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

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

R 1997 128 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 16+

This title has:

Great messages
age 15+

Intriguing, but the ending's a let down

The movie's premise is a VERY intriguing one: a man receives a present from his brother that is like an interactive experience, and there are some bad incidences that result from such a gift. The acting is pretty good, with leads Michael Douglas and Sean Penn having very good scenes together. The ending didn't work for me though. Unfortunately, without giving away major spoilers, I felt anger towards a lot of the characters because I thought they acted very unethically. For problematic content, there is some violence (shootouts with a little bit of blood; themes of suicide), brief pictures and film of sexual activity (not too graphic), and occasional language like f and s-words, except for one scene where two characters let their emotions fly out and swear a lot. I think if parents are looking for an R-rated movie for beginners, say for their older and mature teenagers, this is a pretty interesting one to start with, and the ending might also actually be something to discuss about (who liked or hated it and why).

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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