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The Wolf of Wall Street

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Intoxicating rise-and-fall story is full of sex and drugs.

Movie R 2013 180 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 79 parent reviews

age 18+
An amazing movie about the true to life story of how Jordan Belfort rose to fame. It accurately portrays the real life events based on the movie. However parents do need to be aware that constant sex, coarse language and drug use is prevalent throughout the duration of the three-hour film. Over 500 swear words are used, including f--k (every variation), c--t, s--t, p---y and just about every other swear word imaginable. There are also anti-LGBTQ slurs. There are a few scenes involving raw sex, including threesomes and a gay orgy taken place in Jordan's apartment. Jordan cheats on his wives Teresa and Naomi with prostitutes. In one scene at a party a man can be seen masturbating (and his penis is briefly seen). Jordan also uses cocaine and takes pills a lot throughout the movie. He can be seen flying a helicopter while under the influence of drugs. Would not recommend for anyone under the age of 18 because of the content in the movie, however it is a very accurate portrayal of how Jordan Belfort rose to fame and became consumed by greed and power.
age 18+

Not For Kids, but adults who enjoy crime dramas from Martin Scorsese.

I used to hate this movie, but I saw it this month again and liked it. THIS IS NOT FOR KIDS though. It has 500+ words, and numerous sex scenes. There's orgies, adultery, and more. In fact, Leonardo DiCaprio blows cocaine off a hooker's colon. DO NOT show this to kids, but if you like Scorsese crime movies, I recommend it with caution. I gave this 4 stars and not 5 because it could of had LESS swearing and sex.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (79 ):
Kids say (192 ):

Director Martin Scorsese, assisted by his longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker, keeps up an astoundingly intoxicating pace for nearly three hours. He draws on his previous movies GoodFellas and Casino for the template of The Wolf of Wall Street, packing in many outrageous details behind a criminal organization over an epic running time. The huge cast, which includes a particularly memorable turn by Matthew McConaughey, helps out with small but potent performances.

The key difference here is that The Wolf of Wall Street may be the funniest movie Scorsese has ever made. Every few minutes, it hurls something so shocking and high-spirited that laughter feels like the only response. Yet the movie's monstrous energy seems to be fueled by something both exciting and rotten. DiCaprio gives a true heavyweight performance, laced with contempt, and he's never truly redeemed. Rather, Scorsese ends the movie on a scene that illustrates the pitfalls of desire and how it can never be entirely fulfilled.

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