The Thomas Crown Affair

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Glossy remake about art thief has sex, nudity, cursing.
  • R
  • 1999
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The life of an art thief is glamorized. 


The head of security for an art museum tasers would-be art thieves. 


Russo appears topless, in lovemaking scenes and while sunbathing. Lead characters have sex during extended scene; the breasts on a nude sculpture are used as innuendo. Lead character tells of how, to get over getting dumped by his girlfriend, he "f--ked five women in three days." Russo also wears revealing outfits in which her buttocks are exposed. 


Occasional profanity: "f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," "damn," "crap," "bastard." 


Main character drinks Pepsi One. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink cocktails, wine, and beer. Lead character arrives for work hungover in one scene. Cigar smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Thomas Crown Affair is the 1999 remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen film in which a suave and wily art thief eludes the authorities. There's an extended lovemaking scene with topless female nudity. The lead character sunbathes topless in another scene. Occasional profanity is heard, including "f--k." One of the lead characters talks of how, as a way to get over getting dumped by his girlfriend, he "f--ked five girls in three days." There's some drinking, including a scene in which one of the lead characters comes into work clearly hungover. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAusTeach1 May 1, 2020

Classic late 1990s Thriller meets RomCom

This is a film about imperfect people who are a perfect match. Rene Russo is a confident, sexual woman. Thomas Crown is a self-involved billionaire who is inter... Continue reading
Adult Written byTharuntheron February 17, 2019

A Stylish And Mysterious drama

Great chemistry between the lead cast. Lovely locations.
Kid, 12 years old June 27, 2015

Quite a boring heist movie

Some mild violence, one very graphic sex scene, and a couple of uses of f**k.

What's the story?

In this remake, self-made tycoon/amateur thief Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) steals a Monet masterpiece from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just for the thrill of it all. The cops hit a dead end, so they call in investigator Catherine Banning (Rene Russo). Banning eventually hones in on Crown and wriggles into his upper-crust world. But Banning finds herself falling for the dashing billionaire -- the man she's supposed to be trying to put behind bars.

Is it any good?

This is the movie equivalent of a beach book, a glossy story about beautiful, wealthy people that not only doesn't require much thinking but actually repels it. Think too much, and you'll miss the slight but real pleasures of this remake of the 1968 version starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

Dunaway appears briefly in this remake as Crown's therapist, to let us know that all of this is just acting out due to his fear of -- guess what -- intimacy. That is just one example of the movie's biggest failure: More clever than smart, it tells us instead of showing us such major points as the main characters' fear of trusting someone else and the fact that they find each other uniquely not boring. But we are willing to let movies like this one carry us along in exchange for some steamy moments, some crafty twists, and some beautiful scenery -- Brosnan and Russo included.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about movie remakes. Why does Hollywood often choose to remake classic and/or hit movies instead of new releases? 

  • Did the extended sex scene seem relevant to the story, or did it seem forced in as a way to keep the audience entertained?

  • In this movie, two opposites fall in love with each other. What are some other examples of movies in which "opposites attract?" Why do you think movies with this type of storyline appeal to so many? 

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