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The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

By Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Third movie in series has graphic violence, language.

Movie PG-13 1990 170 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+

Ridiculous, awkward, insipid, and unwatchable

Within the first hour of the film... The Godfather, THE Godfather... Michael Corleone Is accosting Vincent Corleone for NOT going to the police after an attempt is made on Vincent's life. I'm sorry, what!? The mafia's main business (i.e. crime) is running protection rackets... And this mafia family's godfather tells his family members to go to the police for help? Did Michael lose his balls at some point after Part II? Michael is actually... Quite literally trying to make his family business "legitimate" and for some reason still has somewhat cordial contact with the woman who aborted his would be heir in Part II... Each scene from the next is a variety of cringe, silly, boring, and mediocre... Mixed in with a nausea-inducing incestuous flirtation between Vincent and Mary Corleone... The latter of whom is the daughter of the film's director! I couldn't bare watch anymore of the film after the first hour... And especially knowing that I have two more to go... It is hard to believe this was made by Francis Ford Coppola.
age 15+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (17 ):

This movie had the potential to be rather interesting but doesn't fulfill it. Following in the tradition of the previous Godfather films, the movie provides a detailed account of the Corleone family's posturing and maneuvering in the organized crime world. Unfortunately, the story rings hollow when compared to the masterful scripts, direction, and performances of the previous two Godfather films.

Typically top-notch performers such as Al Pacino (again as Michael Corleone) and Andy Garcia (as Michael's nephew Vinnie) produce somewhat unsympathetic characters. Clocking in at almost three hours, The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is a disappointing conclusion to a brilliant trilogy and probably should be seen only as closure for the Godfather trilogy. Given its presence in hip-hop and general pop culture, teens will want to see this film. Yet, due to violent content featured in it, parents might want to think twice before allowing them to do so.

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