The Skin I Live In

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Bizarre Almodovar drama is far too intense for kids.

R 2011 117 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 14+
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Granted, I am a little bit too young to be watching this, but I think that age doesn't matter as long as the person in question is mature enough to enjoy and fully appreciate the film. That being said, this movie is definitely not for everyone. There are extremely explicit scenes with graphic sexual acts. Also, there are some violent parts as well, but with all of the violence in movies today, this one isn't as gory as a significant amount of films. This movie hooks you in at the beginning and doesn't let you go until the final shot. I don't want to give too much away because it's best to go into it without any knowledge of what it's about. That being said, this is a must-watch for anyone who can handle it, so if it sounds interesting to you, you should watch it as soon as you can. I can promise you'll enjoy it.

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age 18+

A fantasic and unique psychological thriller with intense shock value.

The Skin I Live In is a unique yet very violent and sexual film about a plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) creates a very durable, synthetic skin on a volatile mysterious woman who somehow holds the key to his success and obsession. The film mostly comes from his point of view, which his progess to creating the perfect skin gets the science community more and more skeptical, plus his past tragic moments is also linked to this plot. The movie is definitely not for kids, because it contains very graphic surgical procedures including nudity, especially a forced sex-change operation on a rapist, explicit sexuality including full-frontal nudity, a brutal and sadistic rape scene, and other very disturbingly violent moments. Language is infrequent but strong (uses of f**k, sh*t and c**t). There is also very graphic drug use (pill-popping, heroin use, pipe smoking, and teenage kids seen drinking / getting high and drunk. Sexual content is a major concern, because the sex scenes include teenagers having oral sex, thrusting involved; the brutal rape sequence where the rapist is also shot by the woman's father; and of course, the infamous sex change operation where you see a plastic surgeon perform graphic procedures on a struggling man - extremely disturbing and cringing. This movie also shows that someone may drastically change someone's appearance in the most extremes possible, but they can never change their personality of who they are.

This title has:

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

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