A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie asks deep questions about the measure of a person's life, about regret, about legacy. Most characters who are involved in shady dealings meet with strong consequences.
Positive Role Models
The characters here are mainly criminals, and even if some of them might have accomplished some measure of good along the way, they shouldn't be considered role models.
Violence & Scariness
Extremely graphic, bloody killings. Guns and shooting. Blood spurts. A character slices a chicken's throat, spattering his face with blood. Blood-covered shirt. Strangling. Body going through tree shredder. Punching, hitting, fighting. Kicking character's face, stomping on character's hand. Exploding cars. Screaming/yelling. War footage on television. Body being incinerated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting. Spoken reference to a "topless joint." Shirtless men in steam room.
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Very strong, frequent language, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls--t," "c--ksucker," "son of a bitch," "ass," "damn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Era-establishing brands/logos include Stuckey's, Texaco, Pepsi, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent cigarette/cigar smoking. Frequent social drinking. Drinking shots in bar. Character soaks a watermelon with vodka, gets a little tipsy eating watermelon.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Irishman is an epic crime drama from director Martin Scorsese. Violence is extremely strong, with many killings, blood spurts, guns, and shooting. There's strangling, fighting, punching, yelling, explosions, and a chicken's neck being sliced. Language is also constant, with countless uses of "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "c--ksucker," "bulls--t," and many more. Characters smoke cigarettes and cigars throughout, and drinking is common, though mostly in a social way. (One character does get a bit tipsy on vodka-soaked watermelon.) Sex isn't really an issue, except for a scene of flirting and mention of a "topless joint." It's a long (3 1/2 hours!) but masterful movie that recalls Scorsese's earlier classics like GoodFellas but is more reflective and melancholy. It's highly recommended for mature viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A magisterial entry in his long and masterful career, Martin Scorsese's crime epic is no mere nostalgia trip; reflective and melancholy rather than kinetic, it's touched by both greatness and loss. The Irishman assembles actors who appeared in Scorsese's classics Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, GoodFellas, and Casino (plus Pacino, who's working with Scorsese for the first time -- and delivers a sucker-punch, scene-stealing performance as Hoffa). While Scorsese's gritty, energetic, often intoxicating filmmaking punctuated those earlier films, The Irishman is more carefully observed, more bittersweet. It actually has more in common with Scorsese's faith-based trilogy, The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, and Silence.
In telling Frank Sheeran's long life story, the movie creates a tragic, passive character who comes close to greatness without ever achieving it and whose penchant for following orders and remaining loyal allows him to overlook any moral quandaries. Even the scenes of violence and suspense are deliberately dispassionate, as if to confess that these things should not be spectacles. Yet it's an exquisite-looking movie, with nary an unnecessary move. And it's even surprisingly, frequently touching and funny. In the end, The Irishman leaves off with many questions -- about legacy, regret, and more. It's a great movie from a director in his autumn years who's looking back more than forward but is still in awe of the mysteries of life.
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