Brooklyn Rules

2007 R 1h 39m DVD

Brooklyn Rules

2007 R 1h 39m DVD
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Three young men who grew up together on the streets of Brooklyn have decidedly different dreams. While two of them want to leave the street behind, the other feels the lure of the mob's flashy lifestyle, and soon he gets them all in trouble.
Freddie Prinze Jr., Scott Caan, Mena Suvari, Jerry Ferrara, Alec Baldwin, Monica Keena, Robert Turano, Phyllis Kay
Michael Corrente
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: 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 violent mobster movie isn't meant for kids, despite the fact that it stars Scooby-Doo's Freddie Prinze, Jr. Foul language is non-stop (mostly "f--k," with other swear words and derogatory/racist terms like "queer" and "gook" thrown in for good measure), and frequent mafia violence includes beatings, stabbings, bloody shootings, and more. In an especially brutal scene, a gangster cuts off another man's ear with a meat-slicer as the protagonist watches (and gets splattered with blood in the process). Characters drink, smoke (a lot), cheat, steal, and gamble; sexual content isn't too bad for an R-rating, but there's a non-explicit oral sex scene and two amorous encounters in cars.

Sexual Content

Repeated sexual slang (references to "broads," "chicks," "c--ks," "p---y," "blow job"); oral sex in a car; romantic kissing; sex between romantic couple is implied, with a post-sex scene showing her bare shoulders as she lies on top of him.


Frequent beatings and fights (punching, furniture throwing, kicking), with bloody injuries, broken noses, and cut faces; boys find a body with bloody holes in its head; a Vietnam war veteran shows the souvenir ear on his neck; a crew of thugs beats a man, then cuts off his ear in a meat-slicing machine (off screen, with much screaming, moaning, and blood splattering); shootings/executions leave a couple of protagonists with bloody holes in their chests; villain is beaten and shot.


Tons of profanity, including more than 100 "f--k"s (several with "mother"), as well as multiple uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," and "c--ksucker," plus other language ("jerk-off," "douchebag," "scumbag"), derogatory words ("queer"), and racist terms ("gook").

Social Behavior

The film takes a nostalgic angle on memories of the New York mafia in the mid-'80s. The protagonist (who's the film's least pathological character) cheats in school, sees beatings and murders, drinks heavily, breaks an adversary's nose, and pursues a rival in order to execute him. Gangster characters are typically violent, greedy, and, in their own way, loyal.


Marlboro cigarettes, reference to Häagen-Dazs, and many time-setting pop cultural references, including Keith Partridge, Fred MacMurray, My Three Sons, Brigadoon, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Back to the Future, Psychology Today, Tom Brokaw, Pac-Man, Cabbage Patch Dolls, and Wheel of Fortune.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frequent cigarette smoking, especially by Carmine and Cesar; drinking and drunkenness at parties and in bars.

  • 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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