What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a movie for mature filmgoers. Violent behavior, vicious characters, and profane language occur from the very first frames and throughout. Multiple scenes involve the terrorizing of innocent people, savage beatings, and graphic killing, including several shottings to the head at point-blank range. Drunkenness, drug use, adultery, thievery, corruption, graft and dishonesty are the lesser crimes in this intense, realistic movie. It is a film without any heroes or positive role models.
- Families can talk about what all the violence in this movie tell you about its characters. What happens when a close-knit group of people considers itself above the law? Using Henry Hill and Karen Hill as examples, how do the filmmakers show the mob's influence on the values and behavior of its individual members? How does it change them? What do you think the filmmakers are trying to say about peer pressure and going along with "the gang." Why do you think there are no real "good fellas" in this movie?