A Better Life

2011 PG-13 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD

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A Better Life

2011 PG-13 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD
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This candid social drama tracks the relationship and conflicts between Mexican immigrant gardener Carlos and his teenage son Luis, whom he's trying to interest in earning an honest living rather than drifting into the East L.A. gang scene.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this enlightening, sometimes heartbreaking drama about the illegal immigrant experience pulls no punches in its portrayal of a hardscrabble life, addressing the challenges that the undocumented face without lecturing -- or pandering. Expect the occasional barrage of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), some teen drinking, and a frank look at the lure of gang life in the city. Guns are used, and there are some fights.

Sexual Content

A teenage couple flirts and kisses.


References to gang activity, including beat downs. Teenagers tussle and chase after a classmate in an attempt to get even for his extortionist ways. Guns are fired; threats are hurled. A man attempts to wrestle a thief, whom his son then starts to hit ferociously.


Swearing isn't constant but includes words such as "f--k," "s--t," "a--," "bitch," "damn," and "hell."

Social Behavior

Amid the movie's often harsh realities is an inspiring message: Hope springs eternal, and that's a good thing. You can't let life, no matter how difficult, harden you.


Some signage visible, including Tecate.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Brief drug use, and teens are shown drinking beer. Some additional social drinking.

  • 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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