The Fifth Element

1997 PG-13 2h 6m DVD

The Fifth Element

1997 PG-13 2h 6m DVD
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In this imaginative sci-fi epic, a 23rd-century cabbie finds himself involved with a fetching alien who may hold the key to saving the world. But it's curtains for planet Earth unless the duo can stay a step ahead of a demented villain named Zorg.
Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Brion James, Tricky, Lee Evans, John Neville, John Bluthal, Mathieu Kassovitz, Christopher Fairbank
Luc Besson
Widescreen 2.35:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Fifth Element moves from one action sequence to another in quick succession In all cases, the comic book violence is loud, magnified, and very much in your face. There are explosions, gunfights, creepy mutant aliens, mustache-twirling villains, bodies dropping on all sides, futuristic car chases, and battles to the death. Assorted lethal villains carry powerful, multi-purpose weapons and use them indiscriminately, spraying gunfire in crowded places and blowing up entire planets and spaceships. The female hero is seen numerous times in a partially nude state, including once wearing only carefully-placed tape. In general, the sexuality is played for laughs: one scene implies that a couple is engaged in oral sex, but it's shot from the shoulders up; in other sequences women wear very revealing outfits. A bit of language ("s--t" and "ass"), smoking, and drinking.

Sexual Content

A leading female character is partially nude in a number of scenes, twice with her nipples briefly exposed in the background. One lengthy sequence finds that woman wearing only strategically-placed white tape. A very silly scene implies that oral sex is taking place offscreen, only the recipient's outlandish reaction is visible. Some kissing. Women in service roles wear revealing clothes, including plunging necklines and very short skirts.


Nonstop comic book violence. There are space battles, hideous alien creatures, martial arts combat, fierce gunfights during which lethal weapons of all kinds spray bullets, throw fire, and destroy everything in their paths. Bullets and bodies fly; explosions wipe out entire planets; blood gushes and blood drips (blue, red, and black dependent upon the species) in multiple scenes.


Occasional swearing: "s--t," "hell," "ass," "screwed," "damn," "bastard."

Social Behavior

Though it may be a mighty battle and fight to the death, good ultimately triumphs over evil. Love is a crucial element in any civilization's survival. These messages are delivered with heaps of violence and sexuality.


Coke, McDonald's.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Several characters smoke futuristic cigarettes, which are shown to be about 3/4 filter and 1/4 actual cigarette. A priest is seen drinking at a bar and appears to be slightly drunk.

  • 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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