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 references and situations.
Intense and fatal violence, rape scene, suicide.
Extremely strong language, including the "N" word.
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?
Drugs / Tobacco /
Teens drink and use drugs, including steroids.