The Godfather

Movie review by Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

The classic tale of a Mafia family, violence and all.

R 1972 175 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 58 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 192 reviews

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age 13+

Violence, mafia and brief nudity it is still as must watch for everybody

Violence 8/10 - Shootings included with blood splatter (quick and not too graphic), one or two stabbings one of which bening fairly graphic (kids should look away for that one). The film displays the mob in a realistic dark tone though all the violence is important to the story and painted in a bad way. One of the most famous scenes in the film shows a man waking up in his bed to a severed horse head in his bed, it’s not too graphic though animal lovers may dislike it. One disturbing scene shows a man beating his wife (I skipped it), she smashes his plates on the floor because she is angry and he corners her in the bathroom, the camera cuts away and you can only hear her cry (it’s heavily implied he beat her). It’s important to remember basically everybody getting hurt or dying is a criminal themselves and are just as bad as the person killing them. Language 4/10 - It has extremely tame language for an R rated film. 7 uses of “bitch”, 5 uses of “ass”, 1 use of “dick” and some ethnic slurs include one use of the n-word, and many slurs against Italians. Sex/Nudity 5/10 - In one scene two characters are walked in on while having sex (Their clothed and it stops almost instantly), a woman reveals her breasts to her husband (Their shown briefly, I just skipped it), one other scene shows Sonny having sex with his mistress, their clothed and it isn’t shown (It is audible however, again I just skipped it) Drugs 3/10 - Drug trafficking is a minor plot point in the story, no drug use is shown just brief talk of it, it is presented as a dirty, risky, business type

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 18+

My kids are scared

I thought this was a family friendly movie. My son and I watched this together because I was under the impression that it was a family story. However after watching the infamous scene containing the horse head my son burst into tears and could not sleep for a week. If you have small children or even a sensitive teen don’t watch the movie! It deserves its rating.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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