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  • R
  • 2h 23m
  • 2017
Certified Fresh82%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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From Kathryn Bigelow, the award-winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, comes the gripping story of one of the most terrifying secrets in America history. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) plays a Detroit security guard caught in the crossfire after a late-night police raid sparks a wave of violence that spirals out of control.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh82%
Critics Consensus: Detroit delivers a gut-wrenching -- and essential -- dramatization of a tragic chapter from America's past that draws distressing parallels to the present.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Essential drama about violent chapter in U.S. history.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Detroit is an outstanding drama about the 1967 Detroit riots, regarded as some of the deadliest riots in American history. It's intense, with very realistic violence, including guns and shooting, bloody wounds/pools of blood, and dead bodies. Police beat civilians with gun butts, as well as grab and choke them. People smash windows and start fires, and at one point, a cop rips off a woman's dress, leading to a brief shot of full-frontal nudity. Language is strong, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," the "N" word, and more. Characters kiss, and prostitutes/pimps are mentioned. There's lots of cigarette smoking, and characters drink at parties; drugs are shown briefly. Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) lives up to her own stellar reputation here, boldly addressing the very topical theme of race in America. The Force Awakens' John Boyega co-stars, but this isn't an appropriate pick for younger Star Wars fans.

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Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:July 28, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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