Adult Beginners

2015 R 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD

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Adult Beginners

2015 R 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD
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When what was to be a major business coup turns into a financial disaster, penniless entrepreneur Jake decamps from Manhattan and lands on his sister's doorstep in suburbia -- where he ends up as nanny to his 3-year-old nephew.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Adult Beginners is an indie dramedy that centers on a successful tech entrepreneur who's about to get rich -- but in the process has become a horrible person. Over the course of the story, he loses everything and starts to learn why personal relationships can be worth more than a successful IPO. So he's not exactly a positive role model, but he does grow and learn a few important lessons. Expect a fair bit of drinking (bars, parties, etc.), as well as drug use (both pot and cocaine) and frequent swearing (especially variants of "f--k" and "s--t"), as well as adults having inappropriate conversations in front of children and some kissing/implied sex.

Sexual Content

A couple kisses and caresses each other in bed; presumably they're either about to have sex or have just finished. No graphic nudity.


A man talks about a prostitute falling and hitting her head, with bloody results, in front of a young child.


Frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "pissed," and "d--k."

Social Behavior

Work, success, and career are important, but sometimes you have to lose them all before you realize that none of it's as important as the people in your life.


Characters use iPhones. Other brands mentioned include Bravo TV (and its shows) and news website TechCrunch. Premise centers on an up-and-coming tech entrepreneur who loses everything after an investment falls through; he has to start over with no money.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink fairly frequently at bars and parties. Several scenes feature drugs, including a party where people do cocaine. A father likes to smoke pot at night after his young child goes to sleep. An adult makes a questionable decision about drinking while she's with a high school student.

  • 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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