Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Experimenter is a serious biographical drama about legendary social scientist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), best known for his obedience experiments and the "six degrees of separation" theory. The movie deals with heavy subjects like the correlation between obedience and the inability to resist orders -- even immoral ones. Milgram's personal story also reveals his motivation for his experiments (the Holocaust) and his need to figure out why so many people carried out atrocities believing they were "just following orders." There are a couple of curse words (including one "f--k") and some passionate kissing, as well as social drinking and cigarette smoking -- as was more typical of the '60s and '70s. It's really the themes, more than any specific iffy content, that make this movie aimed at mature/academically inclined teens interested in discussing the experiments.
An adult couple kisses passionately on a bed.
Disturbing scene of Stanley having a heart attack; subjects in the experiment are upset and uncomfortable when they believe they're shocking another person in the experiment.
One "f--k," plus "damn," "hell."
Makes audiences think about the possible downsides to blind obedience -- and why it's important to check your moral compass before following orders.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adults drink wine and cocktails at parties/a bar. Characters smoke cigarettes (accurate for the era).