Box art for Trainspotting - Collector's Edition

Trainspotting - Collector's Edition


From the director of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIREthe motion picture sensation that wowed critics and audiences nationwide, TRAINSPOTTING delivers a wild mix of rebellious action and wicked humor!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Graphic look into heroin addiction. Not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is, at its core, the story of a group of friends held together largely by their shared addiction to heroin. Much time is spent simply on presenting sounds and images meant to simulate either the euphoria of heroin highs or the wretchedness of heroin withdrawal. Violence is also present in their behavior of the friends, including fistfights and fights with blunt instruments and broken glass, which often have no motivation and can get quite bloody. The dialogue is almost wall-to-wall obscenities, although the Scottish tongue is often hard for Americans to understand. A baby dies due to the neglect of his heroin-addicted mother. Sex is discussed and displayed openly.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what gives this movie cult film status. Do you think it sensationalizes drug addiction or gives an accurate picture? How well does the film balance the euphoric visions of heroin highs with the low moments of addicts being driven to steal, hurt others, etc.? The narrator seems to present himself as in control of his actions, but is he really? Is his final betrayal of his friends warranted? Do we feel that he has truly changed his ways at the close of the film?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Hip, brutally honest and humane...

- Charles Taylor,, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Full of repugnant junkies so unpleasant that I was hoping they'd all OD just so I could escape this torture test.

- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- David Ansen, Newsweek, Monday, March 31, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

img]] This is an entertaining debate on the ups and downs of hard drugs, following the story of Mark Renton. Somebody who has a strange and complicated Malcolm McDowell in "A Clockwork Orange", let's say, existence, rather than life. The film is a fantastic debut feature from Danny Boyle. Though it might slip your mind when the harshly dismal and slimy experience of viewing it ends, regardless, whilst your in the company of Trainspotting, you'd think twice about doing anything. And honestly that is a compliment, it is neither an anti drug film, nor a promotion of heroin usage. But rather a truthful insight into the lives of drug addicts during an economically depressed time in 1980's Scotland. Although at times terrifying the black humour nevertheless works. It might seem like niche art house fare, but the comedy can work for pretty much anyone. Danny Boyle's direction is truly outstanding, his inventive script is also fast, witty and deserving of it's Academy Award nomination. Not to mention some great performances from it's fresh cast of actors. Entirely deserving of it's great reputation. As what Boyle has managed to do is change a difficult subject matter and mould it into a hilarious, entertaining, and rightfully scary filmgoing experience. A real eye opener but in addition a piece of aesthetically significant poetry. If you don't like art house, it makes no difference. It's visuals can be a bit too ugly but this minor issue is ultimately forgivable. I'd find it hard to imagine anyone who is unable to identify any of it's various other triumphs.

- aquateen2, Wednesday, December 12, 2012

4 stars

A fast, funny, scary and realistic brutal portrait on the life of youth in an economically depressed Edinburgh, where Renton and his 'so-called mates' abuse strongly of drugs in hope of alleviate the maturity pains and they own miserable lives. Trainspotting also bring a view into AIDS, sexuality and violence culture, without forget the eclectic soundtrack. One of the best Danny Boyle's films. Fresh.

- fb100002359227440, Wednesday, December 5, 2012

4 stars

Danny Boyle's Trainspotting is a near flawless film with a great cast. The film manages to be darkly humorous as well as serious. Danny Boyle has made great films, and Trainspotting shows exactly what makes him such a great, versatile director. The film is truly unique and very entertaining. The cast are truly wonderful and each actor brings something terrific to the screen. The film is well directed and has enough going on on-screen to keep you interested. The film has great characters and you see how they cope with their heroin addiction. Danny Boyle has always made great pictures and Trainspotting is no different. I very much enjoyed the film and thought that this was one of Boyle's best works. The cast make it work and with effective directing and a great script, it's no wonder why the film has gotten the praise that it has. This is a well executed film that just keeps you interested from start to finish. If you love Danny Boyle's work, you should check this film out. The performances that stood out for me were that of Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle. Trainspotting is a terrific film that is brilliantly directed. I very much recommend this film and this is a must see for Boyle fans. This is a work of drama, comedy and the way it intertwines into one plot is what makes this a truly unique film. Trainspotting has an effective script that keeps you interested from start to finish. Simply a brilliant, well constructed film.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Saturday, August 18, 2012