Parents' Guide to

The Gentlemen

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Guns, money, drink in violent, profane Guy Ritchie caper.

Movie R 2020 113 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 12+

Ok for kids

I think it's ok for kid around the age of 13, it has a bit of swearing but nothing crazy and a couple gory sceans
age 16+

A good comical/seriously movie.

No nudity but a lot sexual jokes. Though I wouldn't say it was violent, there was some bloody shooting scene, but it was done in a more comical way. There is a huge amount of cussing! Well over 100 f bombs used. And the obvious part is that there's a lot of drug abuse throughout the movie, which is expected when the plot revolves around Illegal drug operations. The movie itself is good, nothing mind blowing but just a good movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Guy Ritchie's crime comedy won't be making any "best family movies of the year" lists, which may be the best marketing it can get. After a decade spent making more commercial films like Aladdin, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Sherlock Holmes, Ritchie returns to his core skill set: telling violent stories about thugs, criminals, fighters, and the underworld. He's clearly been feeling pent up, as it all comes out (literally) guns blazing. The Gentlemen has a clever concept, snappy dialogue, creative characters, and stupendous style. In a meta turn, it's delivered as a mystery narrated by a sleazy private investigator named Fletcher (Grant has rarely been better), who's turned the events into a script and peppers his "pitch" of sorts with filmmaking references.

It's a whirlwind of moving parts, but the audience never gets lost in the tornado of events. The characters are all on the wrong side of the law and life, and adults can appreciate the film for what it is and see that crime doesn't pay, even when it does. That said, younger viewers may buy into the movie's pro-weed, pro-gun attitude. While Mickey says that his "hands are dirty," the ultimate takeaway is that coming up with an orderly, principled pot-farm business wasn't just OK, it was shrewd. In another situation, Rosalind nags her husband about having a gun because it's a ticket to prison; later, she's only able to protect herself with his gun, but is still woefully unprepared. Both of these suggest that following the law can hold you back or even hurt you -- and if you're smart, you work around it. They say a gentleman always remembers, but when it comes to picking up trains of thought from pop culture, so do kids.

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