A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Seeking power and pleasure above everything else doesn't pay.
Positive Role Models
Most characters are greedy and double-crossing. It is understood Dean will do anything for money and his loyalty can be bought for the right price. He only steps away from criminal activity when he's concerned for his own safety and only shows one moment of empathy for another, which results in their death.
Characters are mainly White. There are stereotypical representations of race, such as a South Asian taxi driver in a turban and a Black character who works as security/a bodyguard. No non-White characters in major roles or positions of power. Women mostly sexualized in a way associated with the film noir style. A character in a wheelchair is a baroness and shown to be respected and powerful, which shows some positive representation of disability.
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Violence & Scariness
Constant mention of Satan and the occult. Reference to suicide -- character hangs themself on-screen and dead body shown. Physical fighting includes hair pulling, punching, biting, kicking, being hit with objects, thrown downstairs, and strangled. A character has a bottle smashed over their head and passes out, another is hit by an object repeatedly until their face is bloodied. Cars are driven at people, a character sets themselves alight, and there is a fatal shooting. Mention of being burned at the stake, disembowelment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex portrayed on-screen. Full nudity from behind and side. Topless character seen up close. Another character lifts their skirt to show their underwear. Kissing and fondling through clothes. Passing mention of orgies.
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Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," "son of a bitch," and "ass," as well as "screw," "damned," and "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character smokes cigarettes throughout and drinks spirits.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Ninth Gate is a mystery thriller that leans heavily into a film noir style and has violence, suicide, sex, nudity, and strong language. It centers around a book dealer, Dean Corso (Johnny Depp), who is hired by a collector (Frank Langella) to hunt for some text written in collaboration with the devil himself. Characters are shot, physically fight, and one takes their own life by hanging. Corso regularly drinks spirits and smokes cigarettes. There are scenes involving nudity and sex is portrayed on-screen. Strong language includes "f--k" and "s--t." Characters are greedy and driven by money and power, with few redeeming features. Fans of controversial director Roman Polanski's work may enjoy the noirish settings and labyrinthine plot. But at over two hours, others may find it laborious in places. Suitable for adults and older teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unfolding over more than two laborious hours, this occult mystery is a puzzle that never quite feels complete. Depp's Dean Corso seems at once generic and elusive, stumbling from set piece to set piece as The Ninth Gate's plot takes predictable twists and turns until it wanders into oblivion.
Though widely controversial in his personal life, director Roman Polanski is known for his atmospheric thrillers, and The Ninth Gate is certainly a moody piece, thick with the secrets of the past and an otherworldly aura. There's no denying the film looks and "feels" great. But following in the footsteps of the director's hit satanic thriller Rosemary's Baby, this is full of promise that the story never quite lives up to.
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