The Number 23

2007 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Number 23

2007 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD
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Joel Schumacher directs Jim Carrey for this psychological thriller about an animal control officer who becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life but soon worries that a fictional murder might materialize.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English SDH
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 HD, English: DTS 6.1 Surround Sound, 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 16+
Common Sense rating Not for kids 16 & under
  • Jim Carrey
  • Virginia Madsen
  • Logan Lerman
  • Danny Huston
  • Lynn Collins
  • Rhona Mitra
  • Michelle Arthur
  • Mark Pellegrino
  • Paul Butcher
  • David Stifel
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this isn't a Jim Carrey comedy. It's a thriller in which suicides are epidemic (three characters take their own lives -- or try to -- in often-bloody detail). The surreal, MTV-style filmmaking unfortunately makes at least one of the suicide victims look like a gauzy Victoria's Secret model who's ready for a turn on the fashion runway -- not a good message to send. There's also a subplot about a girl who likes to have kinky, abusive sex. Other violence includes murder (usually offscreen) and the threat of murder; there's also some language and drinking.

Sexual Content

Violence

Threatened knifings. Multiple suicides and suicide attempts via slit wrists, standing in front of a bus, hanging, jumping out the window, and a gunshot to the head (the last is usually off screen). One throat-slitting (presented in a surreal, fantasy way). The hero gets a bloody dog bite and later tries to kill the dog by running it over.

Language

A few uses of "s--t" and "f--k," as well as "bitch" (in both canine and human contexts).

Social Behavior

Characters suddenly go from normal and sympathetic to shifty, paranoid, and potentially psychotic. There is, however an ultimate message about the redeeming power of family love and support and "doing the right thing."

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The hero drinks to steady his nerves.

  • 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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