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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100


    Director Robert Luketic’s thriller Paranoia has a host of problems, but the biggest seems to be that no one in it is nearly paranoid enough.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Zwecker

    The actors do their best. The problem here is simply a formulaic screenplay and less-than-inspired direction.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    It plays more like a "21 Jump Street," full of pretty people and a thumping soundtrack but offering little in the way of something to say.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    There's nothing wrong with Paranoia that a stronger director, livelier leading actors and several hundred fewer narrative conveniences wouldn't cure.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber

    The filmmakers may have hoped to make a timely commentary on the amorality in our executive suites, but they end up merely restating the obvious. Maybe the whole thing would have played better as a corporate comedy, the kind that Doris Day and Rock Hudson made some 50 years ago.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Incredibly dumb corporate espionage thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Paranoia is a corporate espionage thriller. There are no fights or blood, but characters are involved in plenty of tense chases and threats. One character is deliberately run over by a car, but he survives and is shown later with only a leg brace and a scratch on his cheek. The main character is shown shirtless as often as possible and has implied sex with a female character, but there's no actual nudity. As for language, "f--k" is said once, and "s--t" is used a couple of times. Characters are shown drinking socially throughout the movie, though they're rarely drunk. One character smokes a cigar. Some teen girls may want to ogle Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth, but otherwise there's not much worth seeing here.

  • Families can talk about the "selling your soul to the devil" theme. How classic is this story? What does it really mean? What other ways can it be applied?
  • How relevant is Paranoia's concept about getting a job and becoming successful? Does hard work pay off? Or are stealing and backstabbing required?
  • Why is drinking such a part of this corporate world?

  • Why does the movie show the main character shirtless so often? What does this say about male body image?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie is a basic "selling your soul to the devil" story -- i.e. a cautionary tale about taking the easy road to untold riches and glory. The main character suffers and eventually learns his lesson. The movie preaches hard work over backstabbing to get ahead in the world. It also advocates for privacy.

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    Role models: The main character isn't much of a role model. While he accepts a "deal with the devil" and eventually learns his lesson, the things he does while working for the devil are pretty much unforgivable: He says horrible things to his loved ones and betrays them many times. He also isn't very smart and seems to get by mostly on luck and on his looks.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some tense chases and threats, but little actual violent contact, and no blood. A couple of characters crash into cars while crossing the street, but they get up again. A secondary character is deliberately hit by a car and is later shown wearing a leg brace and with a scratch on his face. The main character trashes his apartment looking for surveillance cameras.

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    Sex: The main character is shown shirtless at every conceivable opportunity. He sleeps with a woman he meets in a bar, though nothing graphic is shown. (The scene goes from dancing and brief kissing to him waking up in her bed.) Later, they fall in love and sleep together again, with kissing and naked shoulders/backs shown. The main character's father is shown ogling his nurse, and there's crude innuendo that he's sleeping with her.

  • language false3

    Language: One "f--k," plus a few uses of "s--t," "ass," "damn," and "goddamn."

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    Consumerism: Apple products (phones, laptops, etc.) are displayed throughout. A Pepsi bottle is on display in one shot.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink wine, vodka, and other alcohol throughout the movie, in social situations. No one is ever shown excessively drunk. The main character's father smokes cigars, although it's shown that he has a medical condition from smoking and should be quitting.