The Insider

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Fascinating whistleblower story for older teens.
  • R
  • 1999
  • 157 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence

Brief shot of dead body; characters in peril.

Sex
Language

Strong and frequent.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has tense scenes, strong language, smoking, and some drinking.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bydavyborn September 17, 2011

Profanity and the main theme of smoking and the tobacco company is the only reason why this should be kept away from tween's

Endlessly fascinating and extremely well mad, the Insider is a haunting account of one mans attempt at getting back his life after being fired and of the enormo... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE INSIDER, Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a research scientist for a tobacco company, tells 60 Minutes that the company is more aware of the addictive properties of nicotine than its executives claimed and in fact manipulated the delivery of nicotine. Show producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) promises to protect him. But executives cut Wigand's portion from the broadcast because they're worried about a lawsuit by the tobacco company. Wigand and Bergman are caught in parallel moral dilemmas. Both are loyal to their organizations until they witness what they perceive as acts of corruption. Both respond by making their stories public, resulting in struggle and sacrifice. The question is not one of disloyalty, but of conflicting loyalties. Wigand knows that telling the truth will hurt him and his family more than it hurts the tobacco company.

Is it any good?

Director/co-screenwriter Michael Mann very skillfully makes every shot and every note of the soundtrack help shape the story so that the viewer sees Bergman's perspective. (One hint: the Bergman character is unerringly fair and honest.) Families should be sure to discuss the point of view of the movie, and how it would differ if it was told from Wigand's, Wallace's, or the tobacco company's point of view.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the point of view of the movie. Director/co-screenwriter Michael Mann very skillfully makes every shot and every note of the soundtrack help shape the story so that the viewer sees Bergman's perspective. (One hint: the Bergman character is unerringly fair and honest.) Families could also discuss how the movie would be different if it was told from Wigand's, Wallace's, or the tobacco company's point of view.

Movie details

For kids who love thrills

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