Being Charlie

2016 R 1h 37m DVD

Being Charlie

2016 R 1h 37m DVD
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For Charlie, spending his 18th birthday in a Utah rehab clinic is not OK. So he busts out and heads back to California -- only to be greeted by his politico dad, who promptly enrolls him in another facility. Here, things begin to change.
Cary Elwes, Nick Robinson, Morgan Saylor, Susan Misner, Ricardo Chavira, Common, Devon Bostick
Rob Reiner
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Being Charlie is a very mature drama about a privileged, drug-addicted teen who brings a defiant, self-sabotaging attitude to the many attempts made (however ineptly) to help him. His father offers tough love, his mother compassion, but nothing really gets Charlie's attention until a friend overdoses. Charlie is also mugged and beaten, and his bloody face is seen. Many different kinds of drugs are used or discussed. In a sexual situation, a nude woman is seen from behind, and there is a glimpse of her breast. There's also kissing and fondling, and plenty of crude discussion about different kinds of sex. Language is very strong, with frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "bitch," "c--t," and "d--k."

Sexual Content

A nude woman is seen from behind, and there's a glimpse of her breast. Young adults kiss; the girl puts her hand on the boy's (clothed) crotch. Crude discussion of sex, including references to masturbation and anal sex, and one conversation about a youth who seems to have had a sexual encounter in exchange for drugs. Reference to addicts selling their bodies for drugs.


A college freshman dies of a cocaine overdose after having a seizure on the floor. Charlie is mugged and beaten; his bloody face is seen. A hitchhiking youth is tossed out of a car after he steals prescription narcotics. A youth snorting cocaine has major nosebleed. Joke about the sexual abuse of children by priests.


Very strong, frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "bitch," "t-ts," "a--hole," "jacking off," "penis," "suck d--k," "blow me."

Social Behavior

Forgiving yourself and others are important early moves down a long path toward decency and contentment. Repeated ill-advised actions eventually catch up with you. Addicts have a disease, and the nature of the disease makes it difficult to overcome.


While no specific products are underscored, a lifestyle of wealth, privilege and excess consumption is featured.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Substance addiction is a main theme of the movie. Alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, meth, and heroin are all either discussed or used. Men pass a joint. An addict cooks what appears to be heroin and is seen injecting it. Cocaine use is shown.

  • 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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