The Hornet's Nest

2014 R 1h 37m DVD

The Hornet's Nest

2014 R 1h 37m DVD
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Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.
Widescreen 1.78:1
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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Hornet's Nest is a documentary about the war in Afghanistan. It centers on a veteran embedded journalist and his son and follows several soldiers into dangerous situations. No real blood or death is shown on camera, but there's frequent shooting and several explosions, and several real-life soldiers die. Language is an issue, with frequent use of strong words like "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch." Though the movie is powerful, it's not outraged or political. It's very emotional, focusing on the father-son relationship and soldiers' reactions to situations they've been in. The movie doesn't make war look good, but it does make the bonding of soldiers look appealing.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


No blood or gore is shown, but many real-life soldiers die in battle, though never actually on camera. Weapons and explosives are everywhere, and there's frequent shooting, plus some explosions. In one scene, viewers learn about a suicide bomber who killed several children.


Language is very strong, with frequent uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "hell," plus "damn," "a--hole," "balls," "bastard," and one use of "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

The movie emphasizes family and comradeship, with people working together and caring about one another and putting a high price on death. The movie doesn't make war look good, but it does make the bonding of soldiers look appealing.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Father and son are shown smoking in one scene (the father a cigar, the son a cigarette). The son, Carlos, admits that he smokes too much.

  • 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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