2009 PG-13 1h 48m DVD


2009 PG-13 1h 48m DVD
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Paul Bettany stars as Charles Darwin in this BBC biographical drama that captures the legendary scientist in a period of intense mourning -- and expansive intellectual discovery -- following the untimely death of his young daughter, Annie. As Darwin dares to question the existence of God, he pens his groundbreaking tome, On the Origin of Species -- much to the chagrin of his religious wife, Emma (Jennifer Connelly).
Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Martha West, Anabolena Rodriguez, Zak Davies, Teresa Churcher, Freya Parks, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam
Jon Amiel
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 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 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this thought-provoking drama doesn't focus much on the nature of Charles Darwin's research but instead on the lengthy and overwrought process he undergoes to write his famous book, On the Origin of Species. Characters debate God and religion intensely and are torn apart by grief surrounding a child's death -- themes that might be too weighty for young teens and tweens. There's also some swearing (mostly words like "bulls--t") and brief scenes of non-sexual nudity.

Sexual Content

Nothing suggestive or overt, but a man is shown naked in a makeshift shower (no genitalia visible). He and his wife discuss the fact that they're cousins who fell in love with each other.


A man feels tortured by his worries and work, causing him to hallucinate, which creates a menacing tone. Shots of fetuses floating in jars; a bird's neck is broken in the name of science. (Many bird carcasses, in fact, are shown in a lab.) The naked body of a teen dead from smallpox flashes across the screen. A fox attacks a rabbit.


A smattering of "goddammit" and "bulls--t."

Social Behavior

The film celebrates people's right to disagree, even husbands and wives, as long as they're respectful of each other's views. It also applauds curiosity and hard work against all odds, plus the healing power of love.


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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