In director Nick Cassavetes's gripping social drama, blue-collar worker John Q. (Denzel Washington) finds that his meager insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant, so he holds a hospital emergency room hostage until doctors agree to perform the surgery. Meanwhile, gung ho police chief Gus Monroe (Ray Liotta) and hostage negotiator Frank Grimes (Robert Duvall) try to diffuse the situation amid a media frenzy.
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PG-13Violence, language and intense thematic elements.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; press kit; deleted/alternate scenes with optional director commentary; commentary track with the director, screenwriter, producer and director of photography; "Behind the Scenes of John Q" featurette; "Fighting for Care" documentary; "fact track" with informative subtitles; DVD-ROM features.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), GermanClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby True HD, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; behind-the-scenes featurette; making-of featurette; audio commentary; deleted scenes; trailer; "Focus Points!" featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is an intense film that deals with themes of death and failures of the medical system. These might be a lot for some kids to handle, particularly since a young boy's life hangs in the balance for most of the film. Violence and foul language are sporadic, limited to short scenes or moments. Fighting, stabbing, gunshots, attempted murder, and attempted suicide are featured in the film.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- Violence limited to short scenes or moments.
- Some foul language.
- Social Behavior
- A father resorts to criminal behavior in order to get medical attention for his dying son. Criminal behavior does have consequences.
- Some product placement.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it