Beautiful Girls

1996 R 1h 53m DVD

Beautiful Girls

1996 R 1h 53m DVD
  • Overview
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Pianist Willie Conway returns to the small town he left behind as erstwhile friends, lovers and the scary thought of settling down swirl around him. A friend's unapproachable cousin and a winsome teenager afford glimpses of two possible futures.
Matt Dillon, Noah Emmerich, Annabeth Gish, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Rosie O'Donnell, Max Perlich, Martha Plimpton, Natalie Portman, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Ted Demme
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
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+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this ensemble comedy-drama about occasionally loutish guys and the girls who love them (or don't) has an abundance of swearing and sexually-oriented banter, including marital infidelity. No actual sex happens, however; just lots of talk about it and quick rifling through pages of a porno magazine. The female characters can trash-talk as strongly as the men at times. The loose plotline isn't the strongest grabber for young attention spans, despite a gallery of recognizable mainstream Hollywood stars in the cast.

Sexual Content

One of the characters shown in a bra. Nudity glimpsed only semi-indistinctly in pinup posters and girlie magazines. No sex shown, but lots of talk, including a 13-year-old girl who deliberately shocks by speaking favorably about "male contraception." One wife is having an adulterous affair. One character utters an explicit monologue about the differences in bodies between "real" woman and idealized/airbrushed "models." Jokey references to masturbation.


Fighting in a bar brawl, ending with one character beaten so badly he needs hospitalization.


Pretty much the whole spectrum of profanity is heard.

Social Behavior

Most, if not all, of the heroes eventually make mature decisions, including forgiving ex-lovers for rejecting them and breaking off an affair with a married woman. Still, their actions include physical threats against other posses of guys, acting spitefully toward old girlfriends, and indulging in lots and lots of drinking. One briefly considers an affair with a (willing) adolescent girl, with the qualifier that the two of them would wait until she becomes of legal age.


Food-product labels, liquor brands, references to MTV, works of literature, and a strange male fetish for Neil Diamond and the vintage TV miniseries "Rich Man/Poor Man."

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Much social and private alcohol drinking, including inebriation, and some cigarette smoking.

  • 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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