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The Professional (Extended Cut)

The Professional (Extended Cut)
The Professional (Extended Cut)
The Professional (Extended Cut)
  • NR
  • 2h 13m
  • 1994
Certified Fresh73%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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The mysterious Léon (Jean Reno) is New York's top hitman. When his next-door neighbors are murdered, Léon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family's sole survivor - 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman). But Mathilda doesn't just want protection; she wants revenge. From the electrifying opening to the fatal finale, THE PROFESSIONAL is a nonstop crescendo of action and suspense.
© 1994 Gaumont and Les Films du Dauphin. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh73%
Critics Consensus: Pivoting on the unusual relationship between seasoned hitman and his 12-year-old apprentice -- a breakout turn by young Natalie Portman -- Luc Besson's Léon is a stylish and oddly affecting thriller.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Action thriller has violence against kids, strong language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Professional -- also known by the name Leon and Leon: The Professional -- is a stylish action thriller with plenty of violence, bloody deaths, and strong language. Lead characters Leon (Jean Reno) and 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman) have a close bond and behave with a moral code of friendship, teamwork, and respect -- while he also kills for money and she follows a path of revenge. This murky morality sits well in the framework of the movie, which is a more thrill-ride action adventure than a gritty, realistic drama. In contrast to the two "heroes," the villains are suitably loathsome. The violence is frequent and bloody, often involving guns, grenades, and rockets. There are multiple kills, including the murder of two kids: A teenage girl is shot on-screen, and a four-year-old boy is shown in peril but his death isn't shown. Strong language is used throughout, often by Mathilda. She frequently smokes, and gets drunk while drinking with Leon. She also tries to kiss Leon and asks him to take her virginity, but he refuses. Drugs feature throughout as the villains are corrupt cocaine-dealing enforcement agents. The drug is seen in bags and being prepared, and in one scene characters rub it into their gums. The main villain, Stanfield (Gary Oldman), also takes amphetamine-style pills that intensify his unpredictable behavior.

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, Thriller, Action
  • Release Date:November 18, 1994
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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