The Girl Who Played with Fire

2009 R 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Girl Who Played with Fire

2009 R 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD
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Hacker Lisbeth Salander becomes the prime suspect when two journalists die after magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist launches an expose of the Swedish sex trade, so the vampiric Salander vanishes as Blomkvist digs deep into a possible conspiracy.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
No
Audio
Swedish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
No
Audio
Swedish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
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
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that, like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the first movie in the subtitled Swedish trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's best-selling books), this film is not for kids. It has lots of violent sequences, including those in which characters are beaten, burned, shot, buried alive, captured, and tortured. Women are brutally attacked, though they do fight back heroically. There are also several explicit sexual scenes (both opposite-sex and same-sex), with partial and full-frontal female nudity. The story involves sex trafficking and the abuse of power, specifically against women. On top of all this, there's some swearing ("f--k" and "s--t" etc.), graphic sexual language, and the lead character is a chain smoker.

Sexual Content

In a lengthy sequence, two women engage in sexual activity, with full-frontal nudity and lots of breast exposure. A man has sexual intercourse with a girl who's a victim of sex trafficking. More nudity in a post-sexual scene between two consenting adults. Graphic sexual language.

Violence

Lots of brutal, bloody action, including threatening interrogations, physical attacks in which women are beaten and kicked, a rape seen in flashback, savage fist fights, and more. A young girl throws kerosene on a man, then lights a match and watches him burn. A woman is shot and buried alive. Lots of gun action, and a scene in which one character is bludgeoned with an axe.

Language

The English subtitles include multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," "whore," "bitch," "bullsh--t," and "dyke." "Christ" and "Jesus" are also used as exclamations.

Social Behavior

Although violence penetrates every part of this story, the film's ultimate message is that with vigilance and courage, even those who seem powerless can triumph over great evil. Teamwork, respect for one's colleagues, and a strong sense of others' worth are essential for a successful outcome

Consumerism

Apple computers, Sunoco, Ikea, Dole.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The lead character chain smokes throughout the movie. A few instances of beer drinking in social settings. Drug trafficking plays a small part in the criminal activity being investigated.

  • 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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