Black or White

2014 PG-13 2h 1m Blu-ray / DVD

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Black or White

2014 PG-13 2h 1m Blu-ray / DVD
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Still reeling from his wife's death, Elliot Anderson struggles to maintain custody of his biracial granddaughter when her grandmother begins pushing to have the girl sent back to her father -- a crack addict Elliot blames for his daughter's demise.
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Widescreen 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Black or White is a drama about race and family -- and also alcohol and drugs. It's flawed but thoughtful, and it tackles some extremely complex, difficult issues, making it a jumping-off point for discussions about tolerance, racial relations, and more. The main character is a very heavy drinker (to the point of alcoholism), and a supporting character is a drug addict (he's briefly shown smoking crack). Language isn't very frequent but includes one use of "motherf----r," as well as the "N" word. Arguing and tension is strong throughout, culminating in a rough fight scene that involves a knife and a blunt object. A character also falls into a pool cover and nearly drowns. Sex isn't really an issue; the main character has flashbacks to his late, beloved wife, and a secondary character is seen being affectionate with a younger girlfriend.

Sexual Content

A secondary character is affectionate with his girlfriend. The main character has flashbacks about his late, beloved wife.


A rough fight scene. A man draws a knife. A man is hit with a blunt object. A man falls into a pool cover and nearly drowns. General tension, shouting, and arguing throughout.


One major use of "motherf----r." Occasional use of other strong words, including the "N" word.

Social Behavior

Complex themes/messages related to racial issues and relations. Tolerance is promoted, and the idea of looking beyond skin color is a main theme. Family is also cherished.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The main character is a heavy drinker, possibly an alcoholic. He drinks a specific brand of whisky and is frequently drunk or hung over. A secondary character is a struggling drug addict. He's shown smoking crack in one brief shot.

  • 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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