The Good German

2006 R 1h 48m DVD

The Good German

2006 R 1h 48m DVD
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U.S. Army correspondent Jake Geismar rekindles relations with an old flame, Lena, in this Steven Soderbergh drama set in post-World War II Berlin. When her husband is hunted by U.S. and Russian military, a desperate Lena looks to Jake for a way out.
George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, Beau Bridges, Tony Curran, Leland Orser, Jack Thompson, Robin Weigert
Steven Soderbergh
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: 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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this black-and-white, 1940s-style "film noir" isn't likely to appeal to kids. Its plot includes references to Nazis, war crimes, and the atomic bomb, as well as lots of strong language and violence (beyond what typified the era). Characters frequently say "f--k"; there's also one use of "c--t" and an anti-Semitic remark. Violence includes beating, kicking, and shooting (resulting in bloody wounds). Sexual imagery includes a woman stripping, a rough sexual act (the woman's figure and face are in shadow), and some kissing. Several references are made to Lena's work as a prostitute. Characters smoke incessantly (it's 1945) and drink like fish.

Sexual Content

An explicit sexual act (woman in shadows on bed, man has sex from behind her); Hannelore performs feather/strip dance in club (shadowy); Hannelore strips to her underwear and invites Jake to have sex with her (using explicit language); Hannelore and Lena work as prostitutes (discussed frequently).


Fights are brutal (kicking, punching, drawing blood); murder victims appear with visible bullet wounds/blood.


Frequent and various language: "f--k" (30+), "s--t" (10+), "hell," and "ass," as well as single use of "c--t." Also, disparaging use of "Jew."

Social Behavior

Sometimes-noble reporter seeks to solve murder in post-WWII Potsdam; discussions of Nazis; lots of illegal activity and cover-up by Russians, Germans, and U.S. military/government officials.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Smoking cigarettes and/or drinking in nearly every scene, as befits a "noir" update.

  • 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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