Civic Duty

2006 R 1h 38m DVD

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Civic Duty

2006 R 1h 38m DVD
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Recently fired from his job, accountant Terry Allen (Peter Krause) spends his days glued to the television, transfixed by 24-hour news coverage that obsesses over the threat of terrorism. When a quiet Islamic student moves in next door, Terry assumes the worst and takes it upon himself to quell the perceived threat. Jeff Renfroe directs this suspenseful thriller that examines the American psyche in a post-9/11 world.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this mature thriller explores the connections between media-induced paranoia, individual madness, and terrorism. The focus on one man's increasingly doubtful perspective makes the plot ever murkier -- it's hard to tell what's real and what he's imagining. Violence includes hostage-taking at gunpoint, fighting/punching and bloody faces, a man hitting his wife, and a SWAT team storming a door with automatic weapons drawn. A brief early sex scene isn't explicit (close-ups of faces are shown in silhouette). Language reflects the movie's increasing tension and anger, with many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and a string of anti-Arab racist terms (including a variation on the "N" word).

Sexual Content

Kissing and standard in-bed sex between husband and wife (silhouetted close-ups of faces and arms, nothing explicit); joke about sex ("You wanna see my calculator, baby?"); discussion about wife's previous "fetish for rock stars."


Repeated reports and warnings about terrorist violence (bombs, virus, poison, battles) include numbers of lives lost; reports on hate crimes include brief glimpses of news-style footage. Character uses a gun to hold a hostage; some fighting leaves men with bloody faces and bruises; SWAT team with automatic weapons storms a door; police takedown involves smashing their target to the ground.


Profanity includes repeated use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "damn," and "ass." Racist terms are used as examples ("raghead," "camel jockey," "sand n---er").

Social Behavior

The increasingly paranoid protagonist looks more and more untrustworthy; the neighbor he suspects of terrorism poses difficult questions about vengeance, grief, and honor; police and FBI appear generally ineffective.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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