12 Monkeys

1995 R 2h 10m DVD

12 Monkeys

1995 R 2h 10m DVD
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In the year 2035, convict James Cole volunteers reluctantly to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a virus that nearly wiped out civilization. But when Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990 instead of 1996, he's locked up in a mental hospital.
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Stowe, Christopher Meloni, David Morse, Jon Seda, Michael Chance, Frederick Strother, Rick Warner
Terry Gilliam
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
None, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a disturbing dystopian film that addresses the near eradication of human civilization by a virus. Characters drink, smoke, get in fights, evade the police, and kill one another. There are also upsetting scenes of mental institutions and jails as well as a graphic scene depicting WWI trenches. James Cole is repeatedly sedated, and images of him drooling and nearly catatonic are featured at several points. The movie raises lots of complex moral questions.

Sexual Content

Although relatively clear of sexual content, the film has quite a bit of non-sexual nudity.


James beats several people to death. There are also several scenes with guns and knives, including a disturbing scene that takes place in WWI trenches.


Some strong language.

Social Behavior

A scientist releases the plague that nearly destroys civilization.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink and smoke, but more upsetting are scenes in which James is tranquilized in jail and the mental hospital.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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