Rain Man Movie Poster
  • Released
  • March 3, 1989
  • R, 2 hr 13 min
  • Drama
  • 140 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rain Man is a 1988 movie in which a selfish and greedy sports-car salesman (played by Tom Cruise) discovers, in the wake of his father's death, that he has a brother he never knew he had, a brother who is an autistic savant (played by Dustin Hoffman). This movie contains some strong language, including frequent use of "f--k," and two instances of Cruise's character calling Hoffman's character "retarded" and "f--kin' retarded." There are some intense scenes in which Raymond becomes distressed, prone to horrific screams and near-violent outbursts. There's a scene where sex is insinuated (moaning and movement under the sheets) and a brief glimpse of a breast. Prostitution is alluded to. Cruise's character smokes cigarettes. This movie deals with mental health issues, though it requires little understanding of these issues on the part of a young viewer; characters possess the same ignorance and biases a child is likely to have.

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