The Brave One

2007 R 2h 2m DVD

The Brave One

2007 R 2h 2m DVD
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New York City radio host Erica Bain decides to take the law into her own hands after losing her fiancé in a brutal Central Park attack. With a cop hot on her trail, Erica hunts down the assailants one by one, seeking her own brand of justice.
Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, Carmen Ejogo, Nicky Katt, Mary Steenburgen, Zoë Kravitz, Luis Da Silva Jr., Blaze Foster, Rafael Sardina, Jane Adams, Victor Colicchio, John Magaro, Gordon MacDonald
Neil Jordan
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
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 Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this dark, mature revenge drama uses brutal violence and subjective images to play up its dire emotions. Within the first few minutes, a young couple is horribly attacked by a gang in a scene featuring hard hits and kicks, blood, and screaming. Subsequent violence includes loud and ferocious shooting, stabbing, beating, cars crashing, and a body that's been thrown from a high parking garage floor (viewers don't see the throw, but they see the body). Hospital scenes feature close-ups of bloody bodies and faces. There's some kissing, plus a sex scene (intercut with the violent attack) that shows bare breasts/nipples. Language is fierce, including multiple uses of "f--k."

Sexual Content

Flirty talk between loving couple ("What are you wearing?"); tender, passionate kiss. A brutal attack is intercut with a flashback to a sex scene -- which focuses on faces and close-ups of body parts, including nipples and hands on torsos. Slangy references to people and body parts ("dick," "that little whore," "t--ties").


Brutal tunnel attack features fast editing and disturbing camerawork (sometimes using cell-phone video footage). The attack itself includes hitting, kicking, bodies being thrown against the tunnel wall, and bloody faces, limbs, and torsos. The subsequent hospital scenes feature frantic ER rushing, bloody clothes being cut off, and images of horrific injuries (including visuals of a woman shot in the head). Erica's post-attack face is a darkly bloody pulp. A cop asks a young girl if her stepfather "hurt" her mommy. Erica enters a gun shop, then buys a handgun illegally. Other very loud, bloody scenes include a man shooting a woman in the chest and Erica shooting him in neck (bottles smash, blood on the floor); Erica shooting two thieves on a subway; and Erica holding gun to pimp's head, then shooting him as he tries to run her over.


Frequent uses of "f--k," plus "bitch," "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," and "hell." Erica calls herself a "super c--t." Other salty phrases ("rap sheet longer than my dick," "Christ on a cracker," "the show sucked," "prick").

Social Behavior

Criminals and thugs are everywhere, committing violent acts with guns, knives, and heavy boots. The hero is a vigilante, which raises lots of questions about justice and morality. A good cop pursues a wife-abuser who eludes legal punishment.


In a convenience store scene, the majority of visibly labeled products are Coca-Cola brands (Sprite, Fanta, 7-Up, Dasani). Images of an iPod, with artists listed (Dixie Chicks, Radiohead, U2).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Erica takes prescription pills; Mercer also takes pills (could be off-the-shelf painkillers -- hard to tell). Erica smokes cigarettes repeatedly. Mercer drinks in a bar. Erica tosses her cigarette and pills in the toilet. Reference to "crackheads."

  • 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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