The Usual Suspects

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Profane, violent crime thriller has novel twists.

R 1995 106 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 34 reviews

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age 13+

The twist makes the movie

There are a few well done scenes here and there, but this is mostly a very dull and uninteresting film that no one would remember or hold in a high regard if it didn’t have that twist at the end.
age 13+

Loved it!!

Usual Suspects is my favorite movie by a long shot, and has been since the moment I first sat down to watch it. True, there's a certain amound of drugs and violence, but once you watch the movie you realize [SPOILER] how little of it actually happened in the plot versus how much Verbal Kint made up on the spot. Keyser Soze may have never been in Turkey, he may have never even had a wife to be raped, he might not have ever been involved in narcotics, and the five criminals may have never even gone to california and killed those people in the dope deal. By the end of the movie you know so much less than you think you do about the plot. So technically, there were never any narcotics, rape, murder, mafia-like cults... it was just one guy making up stories to tell the police. Sure that's a bad message for kids, encouraging dishonesty, but the movie itself has so many subtle details that it can only help your kids' mental maturity by trying to figure out just what is real and what isn't. It inspired my daughter to do her own independant research about the basis of the movie! She found out that "Keyser Soze" is Turkish for "King Blabbermouth" which is oddly like Verbal Kint, eh? I've never seen my daughter get so passionate about anything, and any movie that can bring out such fervid excitement in a 13-year-old is great by me.

This title has:

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

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