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The Hustler Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Like a traditional morality play; teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite the seedy settings (so evocative that they're almost a character in the story), this is almost a traditional morality play about humility and redemption.

  • Families can talk about how the characters in this movie have different ideas about what makes someone a winner or a loser. What are those ideas? How do they fit with others you have heard about, or with your own? What made Eddie different between his two games with Fats? Why didn't Sarah want Eddie to keep playing Findlay? How do Sarah and Bert represent two different parts of Eddie that fight with each other?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Eddie beat up (in shadows); Sarah commits suicide (off-screen).

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    Sex: Eddie and Sarah have (off-screen) sex; implication that Bert and Sarah have sex, a factor in her suicide.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A lot of drinking, much of it to excess; smoking.