Box art for The Counselor

The Counselor

drama, thrillers


Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz sizzle in this action-packed thriller from visionary director Ridley Scott and acclaimed writer Cormac McCarthy.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    34%
  • Audience Score
    24%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Gripping, violent drama about dangers of the drug trade.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this dark, fairly compelling drama featuring a star-studded cast -- Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz -- is best for the oldest of teens and adults, who won't likely be overwhelmed by the bleakness and graphic violence in it. Some sex scenes, though not showing genitalia, are fairly graphic in setup, depicting couples having oral sex and, in one scene, a fetishistic act. Characters swear often ("bitch" and "f--k").

what families can talk about

  • Parents can talk about the motivation of the main character. Why would he want to delve into criminal activity? How is the audience supposed to react to his choices?
  • Talk about how the film portrays the price of being involved in drug trafficking. Does the movie glamorize it?