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The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard
  • R
  • 2h 9m
  • 1992
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Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston star in this romantic thriller and worldwide blockbuster. When beautiful superstar singer Rachel Marron (Houston) receives death threats, she hires Frank Farmer (Costner), the best bodyguard in the business. Haunted by a prior failure to stop an assassin's bullet, Farmer will let nothing and no one stop him from protecting his charge--until he breaks the cardinal rule of his profession by falling in love with his client.
© 1992 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Bodyguard is a cheesy, melodramatic potboiler with occasional moments of electricity from Whitney Houston.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Great Whitney Houston songs, average love story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Bodyguard is a hit early 1990s romantic drama that was extremely popular for its Whitney Houston-heavy soundtrack. Violence includes gunshots, a bloody knife fight, a dismembered arm seen during a black-and-white samurai movie, and a key character's death. There's mention of an intruder masturbating in a woman's bed, a stalker who sends death threats, and a man who doesn't listen when a woman says "no" while he kisses her (she gets up and leaves). Characters have sex (implied by a morning-after scene, no nudity). Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "ass," and characters are called "bitch," "whore," and "a f---ing freak." Adults drink frequently and smoke cigarettes. A positive role model can be found in the main character's son, who displays empathy and maturity for his age. Black characters occupy a variety of roles across different socioeconomic tiers, and background characters are fairly diverse -- but watch out for a scene that uses Latino stereotypes. In addition, a conversation may be warranted about the way the main character pursues someone who works for her, solicits a sexual relationship, and, when he decides to end it based on grounds of professionalism, retaliates through emotional manipulation.

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 25, 1992
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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