Donnie Darko Movie Poster
  • Released
  • October 25, 2002
  • R, 1 hr 53 min
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 1,985 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Donnie Darko is a dark thriller with a cultlike following. The movie has frequent swearing from teens, adults, and even a young child, and includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more. There is also frequent sex talk that is supposed to represent the generally anti-establishment viewpoint of the hero here: an angry, possibly mentally ill teen. Classroom vandalism (apparently committed by the hero under some sort of spell) and profane disrespect of teachers and authority-figure adults is part of the plot, and not exactly frowned upon. There is teen sex (non-explicit), references to pornography, and violence, although there is very little blood. There is also a violent death at the end.

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