Cinema Verite

2011 NR 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD

Cinema Verite

2011 NR 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD
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Based on "An American Family," the groundbreaking 1973 documentary series that paved the way for reality television, this HBO original movie follows a California family's fateful decision to have their lives filmed for the whole world to see.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 2.0 HD
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this made-for-television movie targeted at adults has unbleeped swearing (in the form of "bulls--t" and "a--hole), although characters don't use strong language constantly. Many scenes involve alcohol, too, and some characters smoke cigarettes. Sexual content isn't overt and is limited to innuendo, with scenes alluding to extramarital affairs and homosexuality.

Sexual Content

Some sexual innuendo and kissing, plus references to extramarital affairs and homosexuality, but nothing overt.


One scene involves a physical fight with punching.


Characters give the middle finger and use unbleeped language like "bulls--t," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," and "son of a bitch," although usage isn't constant.

Social Behavior

Overall, the film raises questions about the merits and motives of "reality" television, revealing the good, bad, and ugly aspects of living your life on camera.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some characters smoke cigarettes. Social drinking is frequent.

  • 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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