Birds of America

2008 R 1h 24m DVD

Birds of America

2008 R 1h 24m DVD
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With his daffy neighbor (Hilary Swank) serving as his sole diversion from the daily grind, Morrie (Matthew Perry) feels stifled by his suburban existence. But circumstances change when he's forced to reconcile with his younger brother and sister (Ben Foster and Ginnifer Goodwin). They resented him as a surrogate father when they were growing up, but now their freewheeling ways could prove to be Morrie's salvation.
Matthew Perry, Ben Foster, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lauren Graham, Zoë Kravitz, Hilary Swank, Gary Wilmes, Daniel Eric Gold, Takako Haywood, Jennifer Gargano
Craig Lucas
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
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 themes of suicide, promiscuous sexual behavior, and drug use are tossed around rather casually in this straight-to-DVD dark comedy. One character has sex in the car with a hitchhiker and three siblings bond while smoking pot and drinking.

Sexual Content

Ida has brief sex in a car with a hitchhiker, which is heard more than seen (skewed legs, pants pulled down and so on). Jay and his wife are naked in bed -- you can see their backsides. Jay briefly masturbates to a porno and is shown from above the shoulders, for about 30 seconds. Flash of porno shows breasts.


Not applicable


The F-word is used by Betty when she is angry. Morrie talks about his bowel problems using the s-word. Plus a sprinkling of other expletives.

Social Behavior

Jay, Ida, and Morrie are all guilty of crossing publicly acceptable boundaries. Jay has "touched" (though not abused) a girl, Ida picks up guys and sleeps with them, Morrie relieves himself explicitly in the neighbor's yard. In the name of dark comedy, yes. But some might take offense.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Ida and Morrie share cigarettes. The whole family smokes a joint in a bonding scene. They also share alcohol. Ida gets drunk and engages in risky behavior.

  • 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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