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  • R
  • 1h 54m
  • 1990
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Are you afraid to die? Kiefer Sutherland isn't. He's an ambitious, charismatic medical student who persuades classmates Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon to take part in a reckless experiment. To see if there is life after death, they will kill themselves: temporarily shut down ("flatline") their heart and brain functions to briefly experience clinical death. After Sutherland survives the first experiment, the others flatline for increasingly longer intervals. But their horror begins when they realize that although they've come back alive... they haven't come back alone. Flatliners is a chilling suspense thriller of obsession, fear and redemption that will take you across the line to a place where terror lives forever.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: While it boasts an impressive cast, striking visuals, and an effective mood, Flatliners never quite jolts its story to life.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
'90s thriller about near-death experiences is very violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Flatliners is a 1990 thriller in which Kiefer Sutherland leads a group of fellow ambitious medical students who discover a method to have near-death experiences, live to tell the tale, and experience the difficult aftermath. There's frequent violence, particularly revolving around a young boy who appears very eager to punch, kick, stab with a pickax, and smack with a hockey stick one of the lead characters; this same boy is shown falling to his death at the hands of bullies. A young girl witnesses her father cook, then shoot heroin before going into his pickup truck to take his own life with a gun. Another character keeps a video camera hidden above his bed so he can film the women he has sex with. Brief nudity includes female breasts. A man and woman have sex in a bedroom. There's frequent profanity -- ample use of "f--k" and its variations and a litany of curse words from a little girl confronting a character who bullied her when they were both young.

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:Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror
  • Release Date:August 10, 1990
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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