Law Abiding Citizen

2009 R 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD

Law Abiding Citizen

2009 R 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD
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Traumatized by the atrocious murders of his wife and daughter -- and the flawed justice system that set the killers free -- Clyde Shelton gives in to his rage and sets out on a course of vengeance.
Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Bruce McGill, Viola Davis, Michael Irby, Regina Hall, Gregory Itzin, Michael Kelly
F. Gary Gray
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby True HD
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. UR -
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Law Abiding Citizen contains several scenes of extremely bloody violence -- in addition to the home invasion/robbery/attempted rape/murder sequence that it begins with, there's a brutal stabbing and a horrifying torture scene in which a chemically paralyzed man is strapped to a gurney and has his limbs and organs sliced off. Viewers don't see the actual slicing, but they do see the man's limbless, mutilated corpse, and some of the crueler acts are discussed at length. The matter-of-fact nature of the brutal scenes is particularly disquieting. There's also plenty of strong language, some sexual content (including partial nudity), drinking, and drug use.

Sexual Content

Nude male and female buttocks. Discussions of sex acts in vulgar language.


Scenes of torture; also scenes in which a young child watches the torture on DVD. An attempted rape, which is called off in order to commit murder. A lethal injection is deliberately engineered to cause agony. Scenes of stabbing, shooting, beatings, and bombs going off -- both large incendiary devices and small, hand-held deathtraps. In one bloody, brutal, and shocking scene, a man is stabbed with a sharp object repeatedly in the jugular, with copious amounts of blood. Scenes of bloody corpses as well as people paralyzed by shellfish venom.


Frequent strong language, including "f--k," "motherf--ker," "balls," "prick," "ass," "piss," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "damn," "hell," "Jesus Christ," and more.

Social Behavior

The plot's more philosophical points about the problems of the legal system are drowned out by its murders and gory violence.


Very few brands are shown/talked about, but Pepsi products are seen, and iPod is mentioned by name.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cocaine use is shown; characters drink beer, wine, and liquor.

  • 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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