Jarhead | Full Movie

  • R
  • 2h 2m
  • 2005
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Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this critically acclaimed, brilliantly unconventional war story from Oscar®-winning director Sam Mendes. Jarhead (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows Swoff (Gyllenhaal) from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, where he sports a sniper rifle through Middle East deserts that provide no cover from the heat or Iraqi soldiers. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand against an enemy they can't see for a cause they don't fully grasp.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: This first person account of the first Gulf War scores with its performances and cinematography but lacks an emotional thrust.
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Ben Walters

The film's strong suit is vagueness, presenting combat as a semi-surreal state of ignorant expecta...

June 21, 2017
New York Magazine/Vulture
Ken Tucker

Jarhead is utterly predictable (boys endure tough training; boys encounter another culture and are...

January 29, 2019
AV Club
Scott Tobias

Screenwriter William Broyles, Jr., a former Vietnam pilot and Newsweek editor, connects reasonably...

January 29, 2019
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

This is a very strong film with really good performances.

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Intelligent and bleak; for mature audiences only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't appropriate for kids. It includes frequent scenes of violence, including shooting (at targets and people), hazing rituals, fights, explosions, and grueling training exercises. The film shows frequent images of carcasses (burned and broken along the Gulf war's infamous Highway of Death). Characters curse relentlessly, smoke cigarettes, drink, and do drugs. The troops also engage in frank sex talk (including slang for genitals and masturbation) and gestures; the film includes a brief glimpse at the protagonist's parents in a hotel bed, and scenes from a homemade porn movie (the doggy-style sex act is explicit, without penetration).

A Lot or A Little?

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

  • Genre:Military & War, Biopic, Action, Drama, Franchise
  • Release Date:November 4, 2005
  • Highest Available for Purchase:4KLearn More

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