Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The French Connection is a 1971 movie that is filled with frequent profanity (including "f--k"), violence, and questionable behavior. The two lead characters, NYPD detectives, are in more of an antihero vein: racists, drinkers, smokers, and womanizers who engage in law-enforcement practices that don't seem entirely by the book. One of the detectives tells the other "Never trust a ["N" word]." In two instances of violence, a character is shot in the face at close range, and two bodies are in a car covered in blood in the aftermath of an accident. There are drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. A police detective finds his partner in his apartment handcuffed to his bed after sex. A woman's naked buttocks are shown. Overall, though, it's undeniably one of the all-time great films and one that set the standard for cop movies for decades to come.
A police detective finds his partner in his apartment handcuffed to his bed after sex. A woman's naked buttocks are shown.
A man is shot in the face at close range. Dead bodies covered in blood are inside a car in the aftermath of an accident. Gunfights. Knife fights. A police officer is killed in a subway.
Frequent profanity. A police detective tells his partner, "Never trust a ["N" word]." Variations of "f--k." "S--t."
Though it's certainly a classic film, there really are no positive messages to take away from it.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Characters drink and smoke cigarettes. A bag of heroin is given a "heroin-purity test."