A Most Wanted Man

2014 R 2h 1m Blu-ray / DVD

A Most Wanted Man

2014 R 2h 1m Blu-ray / DVD
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A half-Russian, half-Chechen man, brutalized by torture, arrives in Hamburg, where he seeks a British banker's help in recovering his father's estate. But the man may not be all he seems to be in this riveting adaptation of John le Carré's novel.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.35:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): 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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that A Most Wanted Man is a spy drama based on a novel by John Le Carre (The Constant Gardener, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). It's also one of the final films of the late, great actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. A woman is abducted and imprisoned by the good guys, who need her help in catching a bad guy. Characters are also violently arrested, and there's a car crash. A character describes how his mother was raped at age 15 and died during childbirth. Language is infrequent but does include several uses of "f--k." Two characters pretend to kiss to avoid being spotted, and some scenes take place in a "red light" district with sex shops shown in the background. The main character drinks and smokes in several scenes, though he never appears to have a dependency problem. Though the material overall isn't terribly edgy, the movie is slow and thoughtful and isn't likely to have wide teen appeal.

Sexual Content

Two spies pretend to kiss to avoid being spotted. Several scenes take place in a red light district with "sex shops" in the background.


A woman is abducted, a bag is pulled over her head, and she's held prisoner -- but her captors are the good guys, and there's no sense of real danger, though she is treated somewhat roughly during her stay. A man tells a harrowing story of his childhood. His father raped his mother when she was just 15, and she died when he was born. An old woman and her grown son are arrested; the son is smashed up against a wall. There's a car crash and some struggling as people are arrested.


"F--k" is heard several times. "Crap" is heard once.

Social Behavior

Some subtle messages about how the main character wants to do things correctly, taking his time, while his bosses demand quick results, regardless of how well the job is done. Based on a past failure, the main character has learned to take his time, so as not to endanger those he works with. A small crime is overlooked so that a larger crime can be accounted for. A secondary character chooses not to accept millions of euros that are rightfully his because he disagrees with how the money was obtained.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The main character drinks whisky and/or brandy in several scenes (in one scene, he adds something from a flask into a coffee) and smokes several cigarettes. He doesn't appear to have a dependency problem, but these things do appear to be the result of feeling down and out. Other supporting characters are also seen drinking throughout the film.

  • 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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