A Scanner Darkly

2006 R 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD

A Scanner Darkly

2006 R 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD
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Working as an undercover cop in a world where almost everyone is addicted to Substance D -- a drug that produces split personalities in its users -- Fred Arctor sets up an elaborate sting to nab a notorious drug runner named Bob.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this animated science fiction film includes frequent discussions of drugs, both real (cocaine) and not (something called Substance D). Addicts, dealers, and cops lie to each other and lament their loss of trust and community. Characters also drink and smoke cigarettes. A sex scene shows a woman's naked body (including exposed breasts) during the act, which is fairly explicit. There is rough language and some gritty images, incuding a drug addict imagining himself being shot in the head, and another throwing up while being admitted to an alleged rehab center.

Sexual Content

(All animated): Breasts visible, sexual activity explicit and brief; young men discuss sex with a woman.


Addict imagines bug attack, then a shooting in the head (brief, brutal image); various falls and threats made by paranoid drug users; the central drug is said to destroy brains.


Frequent language: multiple f-words (over 30); slightly fewer s-words; some creative permutations of obscenities ("freckle-d---").

Social Behavior

Drug users and dealers, undercover cops (narcs) and organization/city officials all lie to betray one another. Police are brutal.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frequent cigarette smoking; "drug epidemic" drives the plot (the drug severs brain hemispheres); characters sell and purchase drugs, smoke cigarettes (cigarette butts fill several ashtrays), drink liquor, discuss and name drugs (cocaine, for example).

  • 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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