American Graffiti

1973 PG 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD

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American Graffiti

1973 PG 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD
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Showcasing then-Hollywood-newcomers Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard, director George Lucas weaves together the stories of a disparate group of teenagers as they struggle with adolescent rites of passage in 1962.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Spanish (Neutral)
French: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
French: Dolby Digital Mono, English: DTS 2.0 HD
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+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that American Graffiti holds up beautifully for teens. Because it's set in the '60s, there is smoking and loads of drinking. There's a fistfight, some off-screen gunshots, drag racing, a car explotion, and a small amount of profanity ("s--t," "damn," hell"). Teens challenge authority, drink and drive, talk about sex, make out, and there's one shot of a boy's naked backside (in a drive-by mooning).

Sexual Content

Flirting and backseat necking and petting. Flashing of bare bum (mooning).


Fisticuffs but no blood. Gunshots during a robbery. A car crash and a car explosion.


Sevearl uses of "s--t" and a handful of "damn," "ass," "hell," "bitchin'."

Social Behavior

Friends express their loyalty to one another, and Steven and Laurie thoughtfully try to figure out what the uncertain future will do to their relationship. But also lots of edgy, rebellious teen behavior: drag racing, drunk driving, disrespecting authority (cops are mocked, for example). Non-white kids don't exist in this slice of early '60s America. One girl says she's not allowed to listen to Wolfman Jack because her parents (mistakenly) assume he's black.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One boy gets a stranger to buy alcohol at a liquor store and then gets so drunk that he throws up. He also drives after drinking. Teens smoke cigarettes, too.

  • 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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