Careful What You Wish For

2016 R 1h 31m DVD

Careful What You Wish For

2016 R 1h 31m DVD
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When an investment banker rents the house next door for the summer, 18-year-old Doug falls for the man's beautiful young wife, Lena. But the teen finds himself in over his head after he beds Lena and her husband suddenly ends up dead.
Isabel Lucas, Nick Jonas, Dermot Mulroney, Graham Rogers, Paul Sorvino, Kandyse McClure
Elizabeth Allen, Elizabeth Allen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Careful What You Wish For is a sometimes-racy thriller about a high school student (Nick Jonas) who gets involved with his wealthy neighbor's wife (Isabel Lucas) and soon finds himself embroiled in more than he expected. While there are plenty of scenes that show the pair passionately kissing and in bed (and other places) together, there's little nudity onscreen beyond her naked backside. She also wears skimpy swimsuits, etc. A dead body must be disposed of, teens drink beer, and one character smokes; there's some language, too (mostly "s--t" and the like). Some viewers may be bothered by the stereotypes the movie buys into regarding high school boys and older women, as well as attractive younger women and the older men they marry.

Sexual Content

A high school student has sex with an older woman; they're shown passionately kissing and seemingly removing their underwear. Her naked backside is glimpsed a few times. Some discussion between teens about sex. Skimpy swimsuits, etc.


A man is murdered off screen; two characters struggle to figure out how to dispose of the body.


Infrequent swearing includes "s--t."

Social Behavior

Sometimes things aren't what they seem, and it pays to be a little bit skeptical. When there's trouble, bad decisions can make things worse.


A character munches on Doritos in one scene.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teens drink beer. An adult smokes and sometimes drinks bourbon.

  • 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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