2001 R 1h 34m DVD


2001 R 1h 34m DVD
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This modern retelling of "Othello" takes place in an exclusive boarding school where Odin James is the star basketball player and sole black student. Jealousy drives the basketball coach's son into an elaborate and deadly scheme to take Odin down.
Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Andrew Keegan, Rain Phoenix, Martin Sheen, Anthony Johnson, John Heard, Christopher Jones, Chris Freihofer, Chris Dong, Elden Henson
Tim Blake Nelson
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the film's original theatrical release was delayed because of its violence. As in the original play, characters are brutally murdered, and there is rape and suicide. Teen characters smoke, drink, and use drugs. The language is extremely harsh, including the n-word and a homophobic epithet, as well as some very harsh rap lyrics on the soundtrack. A consensual sexual encounter turns into a rape, and there are other sexual references and situations. A girl is referred to as a slut.

Sexual Content

Sexual references and situations.


Intense and fatal violence, rape scene, suicide.


Extremely strong language, including the "N" word.

Social Behavior

The racial issues of Shakespeare's play Othello have been the focus of academics, cultural historicists and students for centuries. Here, once again, the complex racial fears are reexamined in a contemporary setting with great skill. Tolerance, acceptance, and trust are the virtues implicitly being promoted, but the question remains: If Odin didn't succumb to his fatal flaw, would this tale be anywhere near as relevant?


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teens drink and use drugs, including steroids.

  • 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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