Beautiful Boy

2010 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

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Beautiful Boy

2010 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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Bill and Kate are on the verge of separating when the unthinkable happens: Their 18-year-old son goes on a shooting spree at his college, then kills himself. While coping with their grief, Bill and Kate struggle to figure out what went wrong.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby True HD
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 this intense, deeply moving drama deals with a horrific tragedy: the aftermath of a shooting spree at a college campus. A character is shown wielding a gun, and there are plenty of references to the actual shooting, though there's little actual gore. Still, plenty of psychological wounds are on display, and the subject matter can be quite upsetting/disturbing, especially for younger viewers. There's some swearing (including "f--k") and scenes showing a couple making love (a woman's breast is briefly glimpsed) and getting drunk to forget their pain.

Sexual Content

A couple has drunken sex (not much is seen, though some movements under a sheet suggest intercourse). A bare breast is briefly visible.


Allusions to and brief news clips about a character who stormed around a college campus and shot innocent bystanders, killing some of them. It's not visually gory, but it's visceral. Some discussion of how he then killed himself (he's shown briefly wielding a gun). Another character has a meltdown at an office and screams at his colleagues. A married couple has a loud, brutally honest argument.


Relatively infrequent use of words like "f--k," "hell," and "damn."

Social Behavior

From the wreckage of a terrible tragedy rises one positive message: Time and love can heal and bring forgiveness.


Some products like Yoplait and FunYuns are name-dropped or shown, but there's not a lot of selling happening.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A grieving couple gets drunk (drinking shots of hard liquor), trying to momentarily forget their deep-seated sadness.

  • 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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