A Single Man

2009 R 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD

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A Single Man

2009 R 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD
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Set in 1962 Los Angeles, this stream-of-consciousness drama centers on a day in the life of George Falconer, a gay college professor who plans to commit suicide in the wake of his longtime lover's recent death.
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2:40:1
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 the subject matter of this 1960s-set indie drama -- which centers on a man who's deeply mourning the loss of his longtime boyfriend and is desperate to find a reason to go on -- may be too heavy/morbid for younger teens (and even some older ones). The idea of suicide is explored, and the main character's world feels incredibly bleak at times, though he does manage to find moments of joy. Expect a fair amount of male nudity (though no frontal shots), plus some smoking, drinking, and swearing ("s--t").

Sexual Content

Lots of instances in which men are shown nude (though not from the front), frolicking in the ocean or floating underwater. Two men kiss. Discussion between a man and a woman about their previous coupling.


A man buys bullets for a gun. He practices different ways he could shoot himself. A man dies in a car accident; his body is shown on the ground, bloodied.


A few instances of swearing ("s--t").

Social Behavior

The movie deals with the impact of the loss of a loved one; it's a hard topic, but it's explored in an honest way. Friendship appears to be a lifeline, but only just.


Some labels shown, including Bayer, Coca-Cola, Hershey's.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some period-accurate smoking. Characters are also shown drinking, some to inebriation.

  • 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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