The Joy Luck Club

1993 R 2h 19m DVD

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The Joy Luck Club

1993 R 2h 19m DVD
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This drama based on a novel by Amy Tan follows four Chinese women living in California who gather weekly to play mah-jongg and share stories. They also enjoy sharing stories about their daughters, lamenting some of the younger generation's choices.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Chinese Mandarin: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • Tsai Chin
  • Kieu Chinh
  • Lisa Lu
  • France Nuyen
  • Rosalind Chao
  • Lauren Tom
  • Tamlyn Tomita
  • Ming-Na Wen
  • Michael Paul Chan
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film includes scenes of family expulsion and conflict, rape, child abandonment, parental death, spousal abuse (both physical and mental), and suicide. While not actually very racy, raunchy, or violent by today's standards, each story includes extremely upsetting material. This warning is more about emotional content than any graphic sex, violence, or language.

Sexual Content

Implied rape, one sex scene in long shot with no nudity.

Violence

More emotional abuse than actual physical violence. The film does include the drowning of a baby, spousal abuse, implied rape, self-mutilation, and suicide.

Language

Occasional swearing, but usually in subtitles and minor.

Social Behavior

This film tells the story of several very strong women; however, they each overcome oppression by some seriously bad people. While the women display physical and mental strength, undying family devotion, and abilities to persevere in terrible situations, others--often spouses or family members--are mentally, verbally, and physically abusive and altogether oppressive.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Nothing aside from casual drinking. A character overdoses after eating opium.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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