Parents' Guide to

War Dogs

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Humor mixed with guns, drugs, swearing in fact-based tale.

Movie R 2016 114 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 10+

Interesting and fun movie

This movie was really fun the only reason it is 17 plus is because of severe language. If you watch without subtitles it will be hard to miss.
age 12+


This movie was GREAT it could have been PG-13 if there wasn’t a lot of cursing. There was 3 scenes of the two characters smoking pot but it was a split second nothing shown to much. I recommend this movie highly!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Gleefully irreverent, with a so-crazy-it-must-be-true vibe, this exuberant comedy manages to be wildly entertaining while simultaneously finding alarming cracks in the fabric of American society. Director Todd Phillips started decades ago with a punk rock documentary about GG Allin & the Murder Junkies, and he's at his best whenever he's able to keep up that kind of energy in his work (i.e. Old School, The Hangover, etc.).

However -- unlike the similar The Wolf of Wall Street -- War Dogs can't quite sustain its zing, and, like many Hollywood comedies, the humor flags as the filmmakers settle in to wrap up the story. De Armas plays an unfortunately typical "girlfriend" role, and there are a few too many rock songs on the soundtrack; perhaps tightening up those things could have quickened the movie's pace. But Hill gives a fascinating, hilarious performance as the consummate salesman who's as diverting as he is calculating, and Teller is a good match. As it stands, the movie is very funny -- and a little bit smart.

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