[Screen It]

 

"TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY"
(2011) (Gary Oldman, John Hurt) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Moderate
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Members of Britain's 1970s era Secret Intelligence Service try to find a mole in their ranks.
PLOT:
It's 1973 and Control (JOHN HURT) is in charge of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. "The Circus." Believing there's a mole in their operation, Control sends agent Jim Prideaux (MARK STRONG) to Hungary for information on who that might be.

The mission goes wrong, however, when Jim is shot, resulting in Control and his right-hand man, George Smiley (GARY OLDMAN), being forced into retirement in favor of agents Percy Alleline (TOBY JONES), Toby Esterhase (DAVID DENCIK), Roy Bland (CIARAN HINDS) and Bill Haydon (COLIN FIRTH) who have created Operation Witchcraft to collect Soviet intelligence.

When rogue agent Ricki Tarr (TOM HARDY) reissues the claim that there's a mole in their fold, Smiley is brought out of retirement to investigate. With the aid of agent Peter Guillam (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), he begins interviewing past Circus employees, such as Connie Sachs (KATHY BURKE) who was similarly forced into retirement for alleging that an agent was really a Russian spy.

From that point on, Smiley continues his investigation and digs deeper into the dealings of the Circus and its various agents, all to prove that one of their own truly is working for the Soviets and their spymaster, "Karla."

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might show some interest, especially if they're into spy dramas and/or are fans of anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • GARY OLDMAN plays a Secret Intelligence Service official who's forced...


    To continue reading the review and all of the highly detailed, scene-by-scene listings of the sex, nudity, profanity, violence and more (15 categories):

    [Get Your FREE 3-Day Trial Membership]
     
    or
     
    [Add to Cart]

    Just $7.95/month or $47/year


    [ScreenIt has been featured in...]

    I have subscribed to ScreenIt for more than a decade. I check in every week to take advantage of their amazing services. Not only does their site provide a glimpse of exactly what content a movie offers, I've found the “Our Take” reviews and ratings for each movie to be right on the money every single time. I've referred dozens of friends to this service because my #1 resource for deciding whether or not to show a movie to my kids, or to see one myself, is ScreenIt.com!

    Josh Nisbet
    Director, State of CA Public Sector

    I signed up to get Screen It weekly reviews a long time ago, when my kids were young and I wanted to know more about movies before we went to a theater or rented. Now one child is in law school, other in undergraduate, and I still read the weekly Screen Its! It helps me know what my husband and I want to see or rent, and what to have waiting at home that we all will enjoy when my "kids" come home. I depend on Screen It reviews. They usually just present the facts and let me decide if the movie is appropriate or of interest for my family and me. Thank you for providing that service, Screen It!

    Patti Petree
    Winston Salem, NC

    I have 4 children who are now in college. I signed up for Screen It when my children were pre-teenagers. Often my children would ask to see a movie with a friend and I wished I could preview the movie prior to giving permission. A friend told me about ScreenIt.com and I found it to be the next best thing to previewing a movie. The amount of violence, sexual content, or language were always concerns for me and my husband as we raised innocent kids with morals. We constantly fought the peer pressure our kids received to see films that in our opinion were questionable. With the evidence we received at Screen It, our kids couldn't even fight us when we felt a film may have been inappropriate for them to watch. Thank you, Screen It. Continue to make this helpful service available to everyone, but especially the young parents.

    Christine Doherty
    Machesney Park, IL

    Screenit.com is an amazing resource for parents, educators, church groups or anyone who wants to make an informed decision whether a movie is suitable for their viewing. The reviews and content descriptions are so detailed I am mystified how the reviewers can put them together.

    Scott Heathe
    Vancouver, BC

    I love screen It! I don't know what I would do without it. It is well worth the membership. Before we take our son to the movies we check it out on screen it first. Thank you SO much for making it. Keep up the good work & keep 'em coming!!!

    Patrina Streety
    Moreno Valley California

    Other new and recent reviews include:

    [It Comes at Night] [Megan Leavey] [The Mummy]

    Privacy Statement and Terms of Use and Disclaimer
    By entering this site you acknowledge to having read and agreed to the above conditions.

    All Rights Reserved,
    ©1996-2017 Screen It, Inc.