Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Robbery-gone-wrong tale is violent, intense, disappointing.
  • R
  • 2011
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The main characters act bravely, solve problems, and overcome challenges as they try to defend their home and family against the intruders. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is a salesman and something of a hustler. He occasionally lies, and he's not entirely admirable, but he shows that he loves his family above all, and his skills come in handy when he must fight for himself and his family and overcome difficult odds.


Almost every character is injured in some way. Guns are pulled, and characters are shot, with blood all over the place. There's lots of fighting, punching, and pummeling; a character's hand is smashed. Characters are threatened with and injected with a paralyzing drug. A character is injured in a car crash; another is burned alive.


A husband and wife kiss once. A younger man flirts with the wife and kisses her briefly before she pulls away. There's a suggestion that she has had an affair with him. Some innuendo.


"F--k" is used often, generally in the heat of the moment; "hell," "goddamn," "a--hole," "s--t," and "bitch" are also used.


A pack of Marlboro cigarettes is visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A secondary character is a drug dealer. A teen at a party prepares to ingest some cocaine (he rubs some on his gums). One of the main characters drinks a glass of wine. One secondary character smokes pot; another smokes a cigarette.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this violent thriller about a family (including Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage) terrorized by a quartet of burglars includes lots of fighting, shooting, and blood, as well as threats with a syringe full of some kind of deadly paralyzing drug. There's some sexual innuendo and talk about an extramarital affair. Language is very strong, including multiple uses of "f--k." At various points, characters smoke pot, drink wine, and smoke cigarettes, and a teen prepares to snort cocaine at a party (he rubs some on his gums). One character is a drug dealer.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byijustlovemovies December 20, 2011

Something New ?

Well the Film in General reminded me of panic room their being held in a house to find some money. But the new part is that in panic room their trying to escape... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCheerChick24 November 20, 2011

Violent and Suspenseful

I liked the movie because it was very suspenseful but I did think had too much violence and I found it very disturbing but that's just me, if you're i... Continue reading

What's the story?

Slick salesman Kyle (Nicolas Cage) deals in diamonds to support his lovely wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman), and pretty teen daughter, Avery (Liana Liberato). His work is interrupted one night when a quartet of burglars invades the house, looking for loose diamonds and/or piles of cash. Their plan quickly goes awry when Kyle starts using his salesman skills to find an advantage. At first it looks like Kyle is merely trying to save his family, but eventually it becomes evident that he's trying to hide a desperate secret. Unfortunately, he's not the only one.

Is it any good?

Written by Karl Gajdusek of the TV series Dead Like Me, TRESPASS looks like it has the nugget of a good idea that could have led to a good movie, but this isn't it. Director Joel Schumacher is a Hollywood veteran with some interesting films on his resume but also a great many turkeys. He can't quite get the tone right on this one; it starts out pitched a bit too high and gets even higher as the movie goes on. 

Rather than generating suspense, the movie simply becomes irritating. Rather than becoming an intellectual chess game, it becomes a rather sloppy game of 52 pick-up, with coincidence and abandoned threads ruling the day. Likewise, Cage can't seem to find a center for his character, so he comes across more like a madman than a loving father. Kidman, however, manages some of her usual grace, and Ben Mendelsohn makes a commanding villain.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is all of it necessary to the story? Is it thrilling or brutal?

  • Kyle attempts to stand up to his attackers by talking to them. Is this a good way to deal with bullies? What other ways can people deal with bullies?

  • Is Kyle a good role model? Is he a hero or an antihero? Is he likable?

  • How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Are there realistic consequences?

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