An Unfinished Life

2005 PG-13 1h 48m DVD

An Unfinished Life

2005 PG-13 1h 48m DVD
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When her husband dies, grieving widow Jean moves with her daughter into the Wyoming home of her estranged father-in-law, steely rancher Einar, even though they don't get along. Over time, the two learn to move on through the power of forgiveness.
Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Becca Gardner, Damian Lewis, Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas, Camryn Manheim
Lasse Hallström
Widescreen 2.35:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, French: DTS 5.1 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this drama concerns stressful relations among a young widowed mother, her angry father-in-law, and her 11-year-old daughter: this means that the film includes frequent scenes of family tension. This strain begins with an accidental death of the girl's father, not shown on screen but repeatedly discussed. That said, these scenes are not explosive, but taut and delicately handled. Characters argue, curse, smoke, and drink briefly. One male character abuses his girlfriend, in images that are occasionally abrupt and disturbing, and he is eventually beaten for his transgressions. A character bears scars from a bear attack (and discusses their appearance with the 12-year-old girl), and later in the film, a bear attacks the grandfather, frightening the granddaughter, who reacts and saves him.

Sexual Content

Some aggressive pawing by the bad boyfriend.


Bear attack, domestic abuse, a beatdown of a deserving villain.


Brief, rough ranchers' language.

Social Behavior

Abusive boyfriend, stubborn adults, wise child.


Reference to McDonalds.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Smoking, drinking.

  • 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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