2010 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD

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2010 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD
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While on a job in Iraq, civilian contractor Paul Conroy is attacked and kidnapped, then awakens to find himself buried alive in the middle of the desert with nothing but a lighter, a candle, a cell phone and a knife.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, 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+
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • José Luis García Pérez
  • Robert Paterson
  • Stephen Tobolowsky
  • Samantha Mathis
  • Ivana Miño
  • Warner Loughlin
  • Erik Palladino
  • Kali Rocha
  • Chris William Martin
  • Cade Dundish
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Buried is a very intense thriller that takes place entirely within a coffin buried under the sand. Considering that most people have an innate fear of being buried alive, the movie can be nearly excruciating to watch -- although it's very well made. The main character (played by Ryan Reynolds) has a lighter, a cell phone, and some other supplies, but he's the only person shown on screen. Expect some intense behavior and strong language (including many uses of "f--k"). Brave older teens and grown-ups may be intrigued, but be ready for nightmares.

Sexual Content

Nothing is shown, but Paul is accused of having an affair with a co-worker, which he denies.


Paul is threatened by his unseen captors, and he shouts at various people on his cell phone. Viewers see grainy video images (on a cell phone) of another girl being tortured with a gun to her head. In another scene, Paul must chop off his finger to appease his tormenters, but nothing is shown. A snake enters the coffin, and Paul kills it with fire.


Many uses of "f--k," as well as "hell," "son of a bitch," "s--t," "c--t," "ass," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "d--k."

Social Behavior

The movie seems to say that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and there's very little anyone can do about it.


One mention of SeaWorld.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Paul has a metal flask with him, but it's never revealed what's inside. It could be alcohol or water. He also carries and takes pills for anxiety.

  • 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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