Dark Places

2015 R 1h 53m Blu-ray / DVD

Dark Places

2015 R 1h 53m Blu-ray / DVD
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A quarter-century after Libby Day's mother and sisters were brutally murdered in a crime she believes her brother committed, a group of amateur sleuths begins casting doubt on his guilt. Now, Libby must re-examine details of her painful memories.
Blu-ray DVD
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Dark Places -- a thriller based on a novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn -- will no doubt be unfavorably compared to the previous film adaptation of Flynn's work. But it's still worth seeing if you can handle the story's multiple murders, references to child molestation, animal killings, blood spatters, fighting, chasing, etc. Language includes several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more; teens have sex (no graphic nudity), a scene takes place in a strip club, and there are other sexual references. Teens are also seen smoking pot and drinking, and adults smoke cigarettes, drink, and get drunk. One character is said to be a drug dealer. Despite all of this heavy material, the movie never feels too intense, and older, thoughtful teens should be fine.

Sexual Content

A teen girl kisses a teen boy and pulls off his clothes. Sex is implied. Reference to oral sex. Images of a strip club (no nudity shown). Teen pregnancy.


Shooting, strangling. References to a teen molesting young girls. Teens killing cows, with blood spatters. Brief flashbacks to a murder scene. Character knocked unconscious. A struggle and a chase. References to suicides that look like accidents. Images of a violent video game.


Several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitch," "c--t," "hell," and "whore."

Social Behavior

Amid all the dark stuff are a few complex, subtle messages about forgiveness and learning not to judge others too harshly.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some teen drinking/pot smoking. The main character smokes cigarettes and drinks. Minor adult characters smoke and drink/get drunk. References to a drug dealer.

  • 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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