A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film is about mobsters, but doesn't exactly glorify them. Main character tries to go clean and can't. Shows consequences of mob life he's forced to live.
Positive Role Models
Besides transgressions of Mafia characters, members of Catholic Church clergy and hierarchy are shown to be motivated and corrupted by greed, as well as bankers and lawyers. On positive side, Michael's son refuses to give in to his father's demands to continue law school, and chooses to go his own way and follow his dream of being an opera singer.
Violence & Scariness
Unsurprisingly, lots of mob movie violence. Man bites guy's ear. Machine gun attack on room full of people. Graphic murders by machine guns, rifles, knives, etc. Characters shot and killed at point-blank range. Flashback scene of a climactic killing from The Godfather Part II.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Implied sex, brief shot of woman's backside. A subplot concerns the love affair between two cousins.
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"F--k" often used. Also "bulls--t," "s--t," "crap," "bastard." Homophobic slur used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking throughout. Drinking at ceremonies, parties, meetings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (previously known as The Godfather: Part III before a re-edit and restoration in 2020) is the final chapter in Francis Ford Coppola's classic Mafia trilogy. Unsurprisingly, the movie has plenty of Mafia movie violence. Characters are shot and killed at point-blank range, shot with machine guns, rifles, and guns, stabbed with knives and other implements. One character bites another character's ear until he draws blood. One scene involves a mass shooting of mobsters. Profanity is heard throughout, including "f--k" and a homophobic slur. Characters are shown in bed, implying it's after sex. Part of the woman's backside is shown. One of the subplots concerns a love affair between two cousins. There's cigarette smoking throughout, as well as drinking at ceremonies, gatherings, and meetings. Families may want to discuss how, in terms of content and quality, this third movie in the sequel compares to the previous two movies, often considered to be among the greatest films ever made. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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