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.
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- Tim Blake Nelson
- This movie is
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; production commentary by director Tim Blake Nelson, actress Julia Stiles, and cinematographer Russell Lee Fine; music-only track.
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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it