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.
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.
A scientist releases the plague that nearly destroys civilization.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Characters drink and smoke, but more upsetting are scenes in which James is tranquilized in jail and the mental hospital.