Capturing the Friedmans

2003 UR 1h 47m DVD

Capturing the Friedmans

2003 UR 1h 47m DVD
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A family in crisis is "captured" through home video in this searing documentary about the Friedmans, an upper-middle-class family who found their world turned upside down when father and son were charged with child molestation in 1987. The media inundated the airwaves with coverage of the alleged crime, but some of the best footage -- seen here publicly for the first time -- was shot by the Friedman family members themselves.
Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman
Andrew Jarecki
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
UR -
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film discusses a father and son accused and convicted of many counts of child sexual abuse. The film includes explicit discussion of incest, anal and oral sodomy, and child pornography. There are also intense scenes involving a father committing suicide, heated arguments between family members, and adults recalling childhood sexual abuse.

Sexual Content

Child pornography, sexual abuse, incest, and sodomy discussed throughout.


Not applicable


Some profanity.

Social Behavior

The secrets and lies of parents make this a tricky area.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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