2015 R 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD

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2015 R 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD
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Even as Mississippi teen Randy Rousseau maintains a virtuous lifestyle, he's troubled by dreams and daydreams that eventually lead to the realization that he's gay, bringing him into direct conflict with his conservative Baptist upbringing.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
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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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Blackbird is a coming-of-age drama about a gay, black, Christian teen in Mississippi. Plot elements/themes include a missing teen, arguing, slapping, virginity loss, and references to abortion and suicide. Teens think and talk about sex frequently. The main character has erotic dreams about kissing and having sex with boys; he experiences "nocturnal emissions" (a shot of semen is shown). He also kisses a boy while awake. Language is very strong, though it's used in just a few scenes; viewers will hear "f--k," "s--t," and "c--k" in various permutations. There's also a brief, possible drug appearance, when a teen smokes a brown cigarette that could be pot. The movie is awkward but earnest, and it might be helpful to older teens in similar situations.

Sexual Content

Several sexy dream sequences with kissing and grinding. References to "nocturnal emissions." Main character scoops semen from sheets with his finger. Several implied sex scenes. Characters think and talk about sex constantly. A shot of a "meet hot guys" website. Losing their virginity is important to the characters.


A teen girl is missing. Arguing, slapping, some references to teen suicide/death. Hallucination of a bloody handprint.


Strong language in a few scenes: "f--k," "motherf----r," "c--ksucking," "s--t," "ass," "suck," "jerk off," "hell."

Social Behavior

Emphasizes tolerance; also shows sympathy toward characters who've suffered losses.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teen shown smoking a strange-looking brown cigarette (it may be pot).

  • 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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