A Brilliant Young Mind

2015 PG-13 1h 51m DVD

A Brilliant Young Mind

2015 PG-13 1h 51m DVD
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Though Nathan Ellis possesses exceptional talent with numbers, he struggles with his social skills -- until a caring new teacher helps him step outside of his shell and fully realize his potential as a mathematician.
Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Jo Yang, Martin McCann, Alexa Davies
Morgan Matthews
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that A Brilliant Young Mind is heartwarming but also quite frank about the emotional cost of losing a parent as a young child -- and how that can shape your outlook into adulthood. The movie explores grief and all sorts of emotions that go with it, including anger, making it best for teens and up; younger kids might find it too sad and intense. Expect some adolescent flirting and kissing, cursing (including "f--k," "s--t," and more), a harrowing car accident (and the very sad aftermath), and a disturbing scene in which a character is shown violently scratching himself with a very sharp instrument. The main character, a teen who's on the autism spectrum, has communication challenges, but all of the adults in his life try very hard to connect with him and have his best interests in mind.

Sexual Content

Teenagers kiss awkwardly. Inexperienced adults also kiss. Flirting.


A car accident involving a father and his young son is shown in fairly realistic manner; it's harrowing to experience as a viewer, especially seeing the aftermath through the eyes of a very young boy and his grief-stricken mother. One character is shown scratching his arms with a mathematical compass until he bleeds. An adult has a screaming fight with a teenage girl.


Fairly frequent, and sometimes spoken by adults in front of teens. Words include "s--t," "f--k," "damn," and "bastard."

Social Behavior

Tragedy can make you stronger. Even those who face extra challenges can succeed if they have the help and support of those who genuinely have your best interests in mind.


Oxford University plays a prominent role.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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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