1996 R 1h 38m DVD


1996 R 1h 38m DVD
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Police chief Marge Gunderson -- a serious sleuth who's sharper than her folksy accent suggests -- is hot on the trail of a Minneapolis car dealer conspiring with two kidnappers to snatch his wife so he can pocket part of the hefty ransom.
Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell, John Carroll Lynch, Kristin Rudrüd, Larry Brandenburg, Steve Park, Cliff Rakerd
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: 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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie, while brilliant, is absolutely not appropriate for kids. Characters are shot and killed graphically, and one person is fed into a wood chipper. Characters also engage in sex with prostitutes and the sex is shown on screen, though not graphically. Jerry, the main character around whom the whole plot unravels, is a despicable example of a human being. He's a desperate, bumbling father who lies to everyone about money, is engaged in various frauds to cover debts, hires hit men to kidnap his wife for the ransom money, and lies to his son.

Sexual Content

Two characters are seen having sex with hookers.


Carl is shot in the face, a man is fed to a wood chipper, three others are shot at point-blank range.


The f-word is said within six minutes of the opening, and even kids use it.

Social Behavior

Jerry lies to his family about money problems, commits fraud, and hires some crooks to kidnap his wife for ransom money.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Carl and Gaear talk about getting shots of liquor and are seen drinking at bars often. Gaear chain-smokes through the movie.

  • 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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