Birdman

2014 R 1h 59m Blu-ray / DVD

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Birdman

2014 R 1h 59m Blu-ray / DVD
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Michael Keaton delivers a winking performance in this dark comedy about a cinematic superhero trying to forge a comeback with a Broadway play. With none of the super-powers of his former character, the actor struggles to rebuild his career and life.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French, Portuguese (Brazilian), Turkish
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Polish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Turkish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
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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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's Birdman is a bold and beautiful movie that's probably best left for adults and the most mature teens. It's thorny and forceful in the best ways possible; its power lies in its unequivocal attempts to address questions about identity, failure, and relevancy. Characters fight brashly and aren't afraid to push one another's buttons. The lead character plummets to the depths of despair; he flails, drinks, smokes pot, gets vicious in verbal fights, and flails some more. The play he's producing has scenes in which a gun goes off and actors threaten each other. There's also plenty of swearing, from "a--hole" to "f--k," as well as some kissing and a scene in which an underwear-clad actor gets an erection while on stage during a play.

Sexual Content

An actor gets an erection in the middle of a play; he's on stage in his underwear, so it's clearly evident. Another actor is shown in his underwear while getting ready in his dressing room, and another takes off his pants and is wearing nothing underneath (his behind is seen). A woman makes a pass at her co-star and kisses her. Seductive talk between a young woman and a much older man. Couples kiss.

Violence

A man brandishes a gun. He and a woman (separately) stand or sit on the precipice of a building. A stage light falls from overhead and conks out an actor (his head is bloody). Actors throw fits both on and off stage, throwing things around, punching each other, and generally losing it. A gun goes off during a play.

Language

Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "a--hole," and more.

Social Behavior

Go big, or go home. And be kind to yourself, because you can be your own worst enemy. Addresses big, thorny questions about identity, failure, and relevancy.

Consumerism

Theater marquees show names for actual shows, including Phantom of the Opera. Other products/brands shown include Starbucks, X-Men, Avengers, Twitter, and Facebook.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of drinking. One character progressively gets more reliant on booze to get through the day. He's also shown smoking pot while his daughter is staying with him. Characters smoke cigarettes on rooftops and on the streets.

  • 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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