Dear White People

2014 R 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD

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Dear White People

2014 R 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD
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A satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): 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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Dear White People is an edgy satirical comedy about race and gender relations on a college campus -- simultaneously functioning as a mirror to larger present-day society. Older teens and adults will find much to think about after watching the film, which includes frank and sometimes confrontational discussions of race (as well as gender and class); the "N" word is used often, as are homophobic slurs (and plenty of other four-letter choices, too). In one part of the movie, some characters put on a gross display of racism by trotting out offensive African-American stereotypes at a party. Couples are shown kissing and making out and ostensibly having sex, though there aren't any graphic nude scenes. College students also smoke pot and drink heavily.

Sexual Content

Couples are shown passionately kissing and in bed, shoulders bared, under covers. Used condom wrappers are shown. In one scene that features no nudity, it's implied that a sex act is being performed. In another, it's hinted that a guy has taken his genitals out as a sign of aggression against another housemate. Some raunchy talk.


Some students are as heinous as can be -- they don't want to learn about others' culture, and they're defiantly proud of that stance. They belittle and bully, are racist, and don't think twice about it. A fight breaks out at a party, and the venue is smashed to bits -- speakers are tossed and punches thrown; fights ensue.


Frequent use of words including "f--k," "bitch," "a--hole," "d--k," and more, plus many uses of the "N" word. Additional racists and homophobic slurs.

Social Behavior

Be true to yourself, and speak out when you see injustice and ignorance.


Brands/products seen include YouTube, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Jamison, and more.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

College students smoke pot frequently and drink, sometimes to excess, at parties.

  • 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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