Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

2014 NR 1h 18m DVD

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

2014 NR 1h 18m DVD
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This moving documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he uses music to unlock memory in nursing-home patients with Alzheimer's disease. Aided by well-known neurologist Oliver Sacks, Cohen aims to transform the quality of life for the afflicted.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Alive Inside is an enlightening documentary that's likely to bring viewers to tears, especially the parts when previously uncommunicative seniors come alive once they hear the music of their youth. The film's message is one of hope and determination, but there's also a real sense of urgency to the subject's mission. You can also expect a streak of melancholy, as when a bipolar woman is finally able to express and release her inner turmoil through music. There's no swearing or nudity, but the subject matter can be pretty intense, making this a better fit for older tweens and up.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


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Social Behavior

Music is the window through which we can reach the elderly who are suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia, and other conditions.


iPods figure prominently in Dan Cohen's program, as well as headphones made by Koss and Coby.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some discussion about the role that medication plays in the treatment of medical conditions.

  • 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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