Harsh Times

2005 R 2h 0m DVD

Harsh Times

2005 R 2h 0m DVD
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Geared up for carousing around South Central Los Angeles, an ex-soldier who's just accepted a job with the DEA cajoles his pal into joining him for a little hell-raising. But when their good times turn to tragedy, the buddies face a rude awakening.
Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriguez, Eva Longoria, Chaka Forman, Tammy Trull, J.K. Simmons, Michael Monks, Samantha Esteban, Tania Verafield, Noel Gugliemi
David Ayer
Full Screen 1.33:1
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 Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie isn't for kids in any way, shape, or form. Full of bloody violence, drug use, lawlessness, and physical abuse, it follows the experiences of a traumatized Afghanistan war veteran and draws connections between what happened to him during combat and his behavior back home in Los Angeles. Weapons include guns of all kind, knives, and grenades; the brutal violence results in gaping wounds and lots of blood. Characters smoke cigarettes and do drugs (meth, coke, pot), and men treat women badly (lying to them as well as taunting and abusing them). Language is incessant -- there are at least 200 uses of "f--k," plus assorted other profanity.

Sexual Content

Sexual language and jokes ("p---y," "slut"); embraces and kisses; camera ogles women's derrieres to mimic men's perspectives.


Movie begins during combat in the Gulf War (explosions/grenades, shooting, dead bodies, blood); Jim and Mike roam L.A. streets with guns, knives, and brutal attitudes; weapons include guns, knives, fists; one man's throat is cut, another is shot through the face; results of several assaults are very bloody.


Frequent use of "f--k" (200+ instances), plus other language ("s--t," "ass," "bitch," "faggot").

Social Behavior

Outlaws (gang bangers and protagonists) and authorities (including CIA recruiters and cops) are corrupt, aggressive, and foul-mouthed.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frequent cigarette smoking, drug use, and drinking to drunkenness; Jim cheats on his drug test to be hired by the CIA.

  • 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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