Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that drug abuse, drug smuggling, and the United States' war on drugs are the central themes of Traffic, a movie that condemns instead of glamorizes drugs yet graphically shows scenes of users doing drugs and drug-related violence. The former is perhaps most disturbing in several scenes of teenagers having afterschool parties in their parent-less homes, smoking pot, drinking, taking pills and (eventually) smoking heroin. One teen has an overdose and stops breathing. Two young characters eventually take to shooting heroin; all of this is graphically depicted onscreen. In addition to the disturbing sexual scenes there are numerous scenes of brutal, gory violence: point-blank shootings, torture, execution-style murder, a scary guy threatens a pregnant woman with the murder of her young child, and so on. Traffic is very strong stuff and may make drugs look appealing to teens; watch with kids if they watch at all.
Very explicit situations, including an underage girl who prostitutes herself for drugs, we see a man thrusting forcefully on top of her as we see him nude from the rear in a sleazy hotel room. Teens discuss having sex and doing heroin as they climax together.
Many, many scenes of violence, including gory point-blank shootings of characters we've grown to know, hideous and extended torture scenes (most of the blows occur offscreen), a car explosion, a young character has a seizure and stops breathing, a pregnant woman is threatened if she won't do cocaine, a man threatens to murder a young boy, and so on.
Dozens of uses of "f--k" and "s--t," in Spanish and English.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Many scenes of people transporting, attempting to steal, and doing various drugs. Characters onscreen snort cocaine, smoke marijuana, smoke and shoot heroin. We see heroin users cook their drugs in a spoon and then inject them, graphically. A visibly pregnant woman is almost forced to do cocaine under pain of death.