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The Godfather: Part III

The third and final Godfather saga; not for kids.
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1990
  • Running Time: 170 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The film is about mobsters, but does not exactly glorify them. The main character tries to go clean and can't. This film shows the consequences of the mob life he is forced to live.

Violence

Man bites guy's ear, machine gun attack on a room full of people, numerous murders and assassinations, shootings, stabbings.

Sex

Implied sex, brief female nudity

Language

F word used infrequently

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Casual drinking and smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like the previous Godfather movies, The Godfather: Part III has isolated, yet intensely violent scenes spread throughout the movie. The majority of the film is discussion of strategy involving illegal activity and family drama. There is also a sexual relationship between cousins.

What's the story?

Indisputably, the weakest of the Godfather trilogy, The Godfather: Part IIIpresents Michael Corleone's (Al Pacino) desperate struggle to escape a life of organized crime. His motivations for wanting to are not entirely clear, except for our understanding from the first film that Michael never wanted to get involved in the first place. Getting out is not as easy as he hoped, addressing this issue by uttering his famous line, "Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in."

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The Godfather: Part III has the potential to be rather interesting. 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: III is a disappointing conclusion to a brillian trilogy and probably should be seen only for closure for The Godfather trilogy. Given its presence in hip-hop and general pop culture, kids will want to see this film. Yet, due to violent content featured in this film, parents might want to think twice before allowing them to do so.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Michael Corleone's decision to leave his life of organized crime that resultantly held many negative consequences for himself and his family. This plot point can be used to discuss real life criminals, not only gangsters, who try to go clean. Questions families can ask include: What are some of the problems people face who are trying to quit criminal behavior? What kinds of support do people need in order to resist committing crimes?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 25, 1990
DVD/Streaming release date:October 5, 2004
Cast:Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Joe Mantegna
Director:Francis Ford Coppola
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Drama
Run time:170 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:Language, Violence

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Parent of an infant year old Written byChristianKight January 18, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
Yes, this is the weakest of the Godfather films, but it still has some truly great moments - the opera scene, the last shot, the passing on of the title of the Don, Michael's confession. It has its problems (including Sofia Coppola) but it's worth watching to complete the trilogy. As for appropriateness, if you can handle the first two Godfather films, you can handle this one. The violence level is about the same, though the f-word is used more frequently in this one.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymichaelc April 29, 2010

Mature children and adults alike

A fantastic movie to end a great trilogy. No big concerns except themes for kids, maybe to hard to follow for little kids, perfect for MATURE children over 11/12