2016 R 1h 29m Blu-ray / DVD

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2016 R 1h 29m Blu-ray / DVD
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After opening with the savage mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor, this nonlinear drama flashes back to events leading up to the incident, following the lives of numerous people connected to the assault.
Blu-ray DVD
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 Anesthesia follows a diverse group of New Yorkers (played by the likes of Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, Sam Waterston, and many more) who are all seeking to escape some kind of personal torment via drugs, alcohol, and other forms of self-medication. Several different storylines intersect, with their common theme being loneliness and isolation. Many scenes show people drinking, smoking pot, shooting heroin and more, and there's also a lot of swearing, including "f--k," "c--t," and more. Teens talk about having -- and then have -- sex, though there's no graphic nudity; other scenes include sexual talk/references as well. A man is attacked and left bleeding on the sidewalk.

Sexual Content

A teen couple kisses and discusses whether it's time for them to have sex. They're later shown having sex (the first time for them both), but there's no graphic nudity. Teen siblings discuss their sexual accomplishments. A married man is shown spending a lot of time with his mistress while his wife stays home, unhappy.


A man is attacked and left badly wounded and bleeding on the sidewalk.


Frequent strong profanity includes "s--t," "a--hole," various permutations of "f--k," "bitch," "c--t," and more.

Social Behavior

Everyone craves human contact, and its absence can lead to sadness, depression, and even despair. Numbing yourself through some kind of substance/problematic behavior is a major theme of the movie.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Most of the characters use some kind of substance to numb themselves -- including pot, alcohol, heroin, infidelity, and even self-inflicted pain. Many scenes show all of these activities.

  • 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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