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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
  • R
  • 1h 53m
  • 2016
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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Three-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The story is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing battle in Iraq and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through a sequence of flashbacks the truth about what really happened is revealed – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s distorted perceptions of heroism. Co-starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin.
© 2016 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. And LSC Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has noble goals, but lacks a strong enough screenplay to achieve them -- and its visual innovations are often merely distracting.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Violent war-hero drama has too many scattered ideas.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a book-based war drama from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Expect heavy war violence, including shooting, stabbing, explosions, bloody wounds, and dying. There's also some fighting back home. A young couple kisses, and there's lots of sex talk (references to "getting laid," strippers, oral sex, being a virgin, masturbating, etc.). Language is also very strong, with very frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and more. Teenage character smoke pot, and there's some beer drinking and a reference to steroids. Though the movie's ultimate message is up for debate, it raises some big questions and could inspire discussions about war, heroism, and other topics. Some theaters are showing an ultra-high frame-rate version in 3D, which some have said is distracting; the normal 2D version is preferred.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 9, 2016
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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