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The Departed

drama, thrillers

"The Departed" is set in South Boston where the state police force is waging an all-out war to take down the city's top organized crime ring.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Violent, well-done thriller. Not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is not for kids -- but many will want to see it due to the incredibly heavy promotion during TV shows popular with kids. It's far too graphically violent for those under 17, including images of heads being shot and spurting blood, limbs being broken, bodies sprawled and bloody, and expressions of pain by victims of shootings and beatings. Sexual imagery includes a scene in a porn theater that cuts to the screen (the actors are engaged in sexual activity, but no X-rated shots are visible) and frequent sexual slang (some of which is homophobic). Characters smoke in almost every scene, and drink occasionally, and Billy takes pills throughout the film, indicating his increasing paranoia and depression.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the difficulties posed by loyalties and lies. In order to do their job, the two moles have to lie to their friends, associates, and family. What emotional difficulties does that situation create?
  • What kind of stress would that put on your life over a long period of time?
  • How would you feel if you found out someone you cared about was living a double life?
  • Also, what function does Madolyn serve as the protagonists' therapist and lover? And how are both moles' "father figures" -- Frank the gangster and Captain Queenan -- similar?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: For all its bloodletting, The Departed is an intoxicating film. It's a film that'll have your hands over your face with one eye peeking: The violence sickens, but the movie seduces.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 6, 2006

Fresh: The Departed heralds Martin Scorsese's return to the top of his game and simultaneously secures for the film a place in the pantheon of the very best of American crime cinema. Welcome back to Scorsese's mean streets.

- Brandon Fibbs,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Scorsese has made an incredible cover version of the original, imbued with every ounce of his artistic personality transforming it into something both familiar and new.

- Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This was a great movie from beginning tp the final minutes and than i felt rushed. Very rushed, Im not sure why but the final 30 minutes or so just were overdone. But in the end still a great movie.

- jmanard52, Sunday, June 29, 2008

5 stars

A really great mob movie. Grade: A

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, November 6, 2010

5 stars

Martin Scorsese crafts one of his best since Goodfellas. The Departed is a no nonsense gangster films filled with drama, action and suspense. As usual Martin Scorsese has a terrific cast in this film. Scorsese along with Coppola are the two best directors to tackle the crime genre. The Departed is one of the best films of the genre. This is a solidly paced Drama and is a fine return for Scorsese who long mastered the art of the gangster film. The Departed is a terrific film and Scorsese delivers yet another solid picture. He has finally been recognized for his talents by winning a best director Oscar, and it's a well deserved indeed. I strongly feel that Scorsese truly deserved an Oscar. The Departed is a solid, and flawless work of genius, and Martin Scorsese definitely knows to get every single element out of his films to get the mos out of them. Though he won for The Departed, I believe in Martin Scorsese's case, his Oscar was for his many masterful films that haven't won in the past. This film is definitely Scorsese's best since Goodfellas. A superb film from start to finish, the cast here deliver strong performances, most notably Mark Wahlberg as Sergeant Dignam and of course Leonardo Dicaprio as Billy Costigan. What makes The Departed so good is the fact that Scorsese returns to what he does best, crime films. This film is a finereturn to form, and it shows that Scorsese still has the talent to pull off an entertaining crime film. This is probably his best crime film because the plot deals with an informant inside a criminal organization. Terrific and Thrilling story, This a truly awesome picture, and the fact that Martin Scorsese got finally recgonized for it, makes it that much better. The Departed is a confident film by a director who shows no signs of slowng down.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, November 3, 2010