Chapter 27

2007 R 1h 24m DVD

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Chapter 27

2007 R 1h 24m DVD
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Singer-songwriter-activist John Lennon was shot by the deranged Mark David Chapman (Jared Leto) on December 8, 1980, in New York City. Jarrett Schaeffer's film paints a portrait of Chapman and the three days leading up to the tragic murder. When Chapman's obsession with J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye grips him and inspires him to make a history-changing decision, new friend Jude (Lindsay Lohan) senses danger.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
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+
  • Jared Leto
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Ursula Abbott
  • Victor Verhaeghe
  • Molly Griffith
  • Jeff Skowron
  • Adam Scarimbolo
  • Brian O'Neill
  • Lauren Milberger
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this slow-moving assassination drama deals with mature themes, including insanity, obsession, and murder. The primary violence is the shooting of John Lennon, which is shown in an impressionistic but still briefly disturbing scene. Chapman rails against a gay couple (there are audible sounds of sex off-screen) and hires a scantily dressed prostitute who gets into bed with him (nothing explicit, just creepy). Language includes "f--k" and "c--t" (both spoken by a background character), and other mild obscenities. Characters smoke cigarettes, and Chapman drinks beer.

Sexual Content

Mark listens to a gay couple in the next room at the YMCA as they make love (audible moaning and gasping). A magazine shows a woman's breasts. Chapman hires a prostitute who wears a low-cut dress, then removes it at his behest (cleavage, nude back, body silhouette visible). Chapman appears in his underpants, seated on the bed with the prostitute.

Violence

Throughout the film, Chapman plans to shoot Lennon: He practices in front of a mirror with his gun, describes his scheme, and finally shoots (blasts and screaming are heard). The scene is loud and distressing, but brief.

Language

A couple of background uses of "f--k" by a man on the sidewalk who also calls a woman a "bitch" and a "c--t." Other language includes "goddamned," "hell," and "s--t."

Social Behavior

Chapman is plainly delusional and angry; a photographer at the Dakota is focused on his paparazzo mission.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Chapman drinks beer; several characters smoke cigarettes.

  • 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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