A Star Is Born

1954 PG 2h 56m DVD

A Star Is Born

1954 PG 2h 56m DVD
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When small-time stage and lounge singer Esther Blodgett is discovered by famous actor Norman Maine, she rises to the top while he drinks himself to the bottom -- leaving her with a heartwretching choice: love or her dreams.
Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford, Tommy Noonan, Lucy Marlow, Amanda Blake, Irving Bacon, Hazel Shermet
George Cukor
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this award-winning musical has a serious story about alcoholism at its core. While the film depicts the wondrous rise to stardom of a talented, earnest young woman, it also shows the decline and ultimate tragedy of her self-destructive husband and mentor. It's about alcoholism and the deadly results of one man's addiction. Instances of drunkenness are plentiful and, given the time period in which the characters live, there is frequent smoking.

Sexual Content

Lots of loving kisses between a husband and wife.


One very brief fist fight.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The movie supports the idea that without the right treatment and behavioral changes, alcoholism can be a deadly condition. Loved ones, as well as the alcoholic himself or herself, need guidance and inspiration to overcome the harmful effects of the addiction ("Love is not enough"). The film reinforces the concept that show business can be a demanding and unforgiving career.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One leading character is an alcoholic who struggles with his addiction. It ultimately costs him his career and his reputation. Many characters drink in social situations. Set in the early 1950s, smoking is pervasive.

  • 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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