After unwittingly hacking into a supercomputer at North American Aerospace Defense Command, David moves his piece in a seemingly innocent video game -- and tells the computer to start preparing a real nuclear strike.
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- John Badham
- Top 100 Thrills nominee
- 1984 Academy Award®
- Best Cinematography nominee
- Best Sound nominee
- Best Writing Original Screenplay nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Spanish (Neutral), French, EnglishClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that WarGames is a suspense-filled drama that will appeal to older kids, teens, and grownups. While there's no violent action and the film delivers a sound message, it's a race against time -- nuclear weapons are about to be launched. Young heroes face off against the FBI and the military; war and peace hang in the balance. There's frequent swearing and use of some obscenities, as well as product placement throughout.
- Sexual Content
- A couple of teen kisses.
- Heightened suspense as missiles are nearly launched to set off a nuclear war. One character holds a gun to another man's head; a speeding car crashes through a gate. The young hero is taken into custody and narrowly escapes in time to save the day.
- Considerable amount of swearing and obscenities: "bulls--t," "hell," "Goddamn," "a--hole," "bastard," "piss," "screwed," "Jesus Christ," "pr--k."
- Social Behavior
- Strongly promotes that idea that there are no winners in a nuclear war. Along with that, the story shows the consequences of putting too much power into the hands of machines, without the fail safe of human wisdom and compassion.
- Lots of products seen, mostly in background: Century 21, Tab, 7-Eleven, State Farm insurance, Chevrolet, Budweiser, Coors, Horizon Air, Exxon, Pepsi, Sega.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Several characters smoke cigarettes.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it