Alpha Dog

2006 R 1h 58m Blu-ray / DVD

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Alpha Dog

2006 R 1h 58m Blu-ray / DVD
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Nick Cassavetes helms this gritty, ensemble drama with a cast that includes Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis, based on the true story of Jesse James Hollywood -- one of the youngest men ever to appear on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
CC
No
Rating
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 Not for kids
  • Emile Hirsch
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Anton Yelchin
  • Shawn Hatosy
  • Ben Foster
  • Bruce Willis
  • Sharon Stone
  • Dominique Swain
  • Fernando Vargas
  • Paul Johansson
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Chris Marquette
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie is a focuses on older teens and twentysomethings who do and deal drugs (some encouraged by parents who also smoke pot), have sex, drink, smoke, lie, and cheat. There is a lot of violence, including shootings, fights, bloody injuries, a nasty broken arm (it cracks loudly), kicks, a boy knocking girls to the ground, a "crew" destroying an enemy's home, and a murder in which the duct-taped victim tearfully begs to be spared. Sex scenes (in bed and in a pool) show naked bottoms and breasts (one father invites his son to join him and the two women he's with). Language includes hundreds of "f--k"s, plus other familiar obscenities and racist, sexist, and homophobic terms.

Sexual Content

Sexual slang ("you chasin' tail?", "faggot," "p--sy"); frequent references to sex acts ("suck c--k," "dildo up the ass"); several sex acts (in bed, threesome kissing in pool); a girl's tatoo features naked breasts; sex scenes in the pool and in bed show naked breasts and bottoms; man entwined on sofa with two women in underwear; mother appears at door in sheet, telling her daughter to leave her alone so "I can screw your father."

Violence

Repeated graphic violence; graphic shooting in rap music videos (blood spurts from victims' chests); fights involve breaking glass table/windows, bloody injuries, broken arm, kicks to crotches, a boy punching out girls; a "crew" breaks into "enemy"'s home and destroys furniture, TV, etc. (one boy defecates on a rug); murder victim-to-be is shown begging for his life and is then shot anyway (blood all over ground); mother discusses three suicide attempts.

Language

Relentless language, including "f--k" (about 300 uses, several with "mother"); "s--t" (20), multiple uses of "faggot," "hell," "c--ksuckers," "d---wad," and "bastard," plus two uses each of "spook" (in reference to blacks/slaves) and the "N" word; one use of "c--t."

Social Behavior

Kids and young people are careless, mean-spirited, and selfish, as well as drug addicts; adults remain self-absorbed, remote, and angry, serving as poor role models; the story is inspired by the real-life kidnapping and murder of one addict's 15-year-old brother and the apathy of more than 30 witnesses.

Consumerism

Beer logos visible at convenience store; Members Only jacket; Outbacks Steakhouse, Scarface poster in bedroom.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frequent drinking (mostly beer) by young adults, as well as 15-year-old boy; bongs visible and in use; several scenes chow characters drunk and behaving badly (sexual aggression, passing out); frequent pot-smoking and preparation (one character's father grows marijuana in his garden alongside organic vegetables); mother tells her daughter, "I'm ex-ing" cigarette smoking in nearly every scene (when 15-year-old Jake demurs, Frankie encourages him, "It's good for you"); central characters also deal drugs; Jake appears high (on some form of speed/crack) in several scenes.

  • 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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