Parents' Guide to

The Sting

By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smart, stylish '70s caper has language and violence.

Movie PG 1973 135 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

Objectification and commodification of women, and the N word (lots)

Within the first 10 minutes the N-word is used several times. The very intro scene is women stripping and dancing with tassels on their nipples for a theater of hollering and hooting men. Then one dancers blows off her next shift because a suitor offers her more money than she'd make in that shift... it goes on. You know I have enough of a battle on my hands raising two girls in a porn culture. No thanks!
age 14+

Best Movie Of All Time!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (19 ):

Part of the entertainment of The Sting is just how elaborate the scams can be. The entire movie is an extended series of sidelong glances, winks, and nods. At different moments in the story, the audience is positioned as the shyster and the mark, never sure who is telling the truth. It's a film steeped in nostalgia, not only in its setting, but in style as well. It has more than a few retro touches, from the storybook introduction to each act to the shadowy alleys reminiscent of 1940s film noir.

Despite some serious moments for the sake of drama, the film is full of joyfulness that borders on smugness. The fun in watching it comes from knowing that someone is being taken for a ride, but not knowing exactly who has the upper hand or exactly how things will play out.

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