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Common Sense says

age 15+

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Parents say

age 15+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

age 18+

Not for under 18

There are plenty of idiots leaving reviews of this film, suggesting this movie is appropriate for kids as young as 10? 13? There is a scene in a strip club, it shows women in thongs and fully bare breasted....last I checked, if you were under the age of 18 you were not aloud to walk into a strip club or view pornographic material so I don’t see how so many People are suggesting this movie is appropriate in anyway shape or form for minors? Other than that the movie is fine, it’s not terrible, it’s not amazing. I would suggest watching it on like Netflix for free rather than renting it.
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age 18+

this movie is NOT FOR KIDS It's only for ADULTS

there's scene of strip club, violance, murder and Sexual harassment
age 18+

Just makes NO sense

I do not recommend this movie for children. As for adults, well it really is dull and far fetched. First, we are to believe that Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren were teenagers, he 15 and she perhaps 13 or 14, in 1943. That would make him 90 and her 88 or 89. I know Mr. McKellen is famous for his craggy face, but 90 is really a stretch. To say Ms. Mirren looks 70 is well, a big lie. From the beginning, it is all too pat, too obvious, to scripted. Ms. Mirren's character is revealed to be a retired Oxford professor, who is stupid enough to tell a perfect stranger on their second date, that she paid cash for her car, allows to move in with her, informs him of her net worth and in the culmination of complete lack of mental ability, agrees to consider opening up a joint account with him, pooling ALL of their finances. During the course of the movie it is revealed that she has suffered several minor strokes, so perhaps her complete lack of intelligence might be a result of brain damage. As for the Roy character, Mr. McKellen's albatross, he is a twisted, greedy, cold, cruel con/gangster/murderer, but ever so charming. One minute he is a suave, funny charmer, while the other, he is sprinting, remember he is about 90, from his first date with Betty to a strip club where another bunch of incredibly stupid people are waiting with his partner, to fall for another scam. Five minutes into the movie, you comprehend that there are at least two scams going on here. Roy on Betty, Betty on Roy. The character of Betty's grandson, Stephen is everywhere, stripping some of the layers off Roy, confronting him with his first scam, and yet Betty is sticking by Roy. Seems the effects of the stroke were getting worse. By the end of the story when all was revealed, I could have cared less for these characters. I sat through the whole thing to see how this deluded, lifeless, random, mess would end. The loose ends were tied so poorly, that it would never hold.
age 15+

Well acted but unpleasant thriller

As you would expect the two stars shine here, but there are quite a few unpleasant parts to this adaptation of a play which mean that it is impossible to give a general recommendation.
age 10+

Great

This is the first movie review I`ve made! The movie has lots of deeper meanings. Modern dating, trust and scamming issue. At beginning I thought this only talks about senior ppl and no eye candy, but whoa, there are more than just 2 old ppl there. And the relationship issue applies to basically everyone in our app dating age. Also, it hightlights us some anti-scam tips. (I belive we all somehow encountered some scam email or msg or... sacmmers) Another deeper meaning: Redemption: Sometime when bad guy tries to redeem themself from the evil past. there may be an actually thing called : "Too late". they really can`t make it up to what they did to other ppl and have a happy ending. Another normal meaning: Don`t be too greedy. Wish: this end applys to all scammers, especially the dating scammers!

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Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

A different take on historical fiction

Though a little confusing at times, I liked the strong woman character versus the con man. The film evokeS different Emotions from me Andi am still thinking about the events within that time period compared to the present tense.
age 14+

Interesting, a bit slow, not for kids

This is an adult movie. There are several violent scenes. I had to look away for one of them. A little nudity at a strip club. The sexual assault scene, although not explicit, was enough to make me cringe a bit. I might not have gone to see the movie had I known what was in it but I love Mirren and Maclellin. And they were just terrific.

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Too much violence
age 14+

Mirren and McKellen shine in this mature thriller

This film is worthwhile due to the powerhouse performances by the talented cast and the twisty/interesting plot. Mirren and McKellen are two fine actors and their individual strengths are highlighted well here, they also have great onscreen chemistry. The plot takes its time letting us get to know these people and then hits us with a powerful twist. I think 14 and older should be fine. I will say there is some mob like violence, scattered profanity, and the most concerning of all... a somewhat obscured sexual assault. If you are a survivor I caution you because that scene could be triggering. I'd suggest having a conversation with your teen about that scene due to how shocking and disturbing it is.

This title has:

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