City Island

2009 PG-13 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD

City Island

2009 PG-13 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD
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When he recognizes his son, Tony, whom he hasn't seen in more than 20 years, among a crop of new inmates in the jail where he works, Vince Rizzo decides to bring the troubled young man home with him, much to the surprise of his wife and kids.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: PCM 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this hilarious comedy about a disfunctional family addresses such squeamish subjects as teens using Internet fetish porn, young women working in strip clubs (with scenes of barely dressed dancers), and a criminal past. Also, the whole family smokes (and lies about it), plus there's some swearing ("bitch," "s--t"), though not much, and lots of raised voices -- this clan likes to yell -- but there's also plenty of love.

Sexual Content

A teenage boy visits porn sites featuring scantily clad overweight women. He appears to fetishize them. A married woman flirts and kisses a younger man who's not her husband. A college girl works at a strip bar (we see her and her co-workers dancing while scantily clad).


Members of a family communicate by yelling. A fight breaks out between two men and one guy brandishes a knife. In the same scene, a character is chained to a lamp post by another.


Somewhat strong, including "bitch," "s--t," and "whore."

Social Behavior

While the movie is full of positive messages -- including that secrets, when left to fester, can complicate matters and even destroy relationships, and family matters -- these messages are hidden between iffy (if funny) content about teenage sexual fetishes, underage smoking, and yelling as a form of family communication.


Some signage for stores, plus car makes like the Ferrari and the Impala are name-dropped.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Spouses promise each other they'll quit smoking but they both continue to do so behind each other's backs. The entire family, in fact, smokes, including the kids (a teenager and a college girl). One character's mother is described as an alcoholic and drug addict, though she's never introduced. Social drinking (beer, martinis). A character talks about 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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