Decoding Annie Parker

2013 R 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD

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Decoding Annie Parker

2013 R 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this fact-based drama about the origins of disease, breast-cancer patient Annie Parker works with tireless researcher Mary-Claire King as she tries to identify cancer's genetic components -- despite a lack of funding and skeptical colleagues.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Decoding Annie Parker is a multi-decade docudrama about two women: the scientist who discovered the breast cancer gene and the cancer survivor who makes it her mission to figure out why her family was so afflicted by the disease. Sex and language are the big content issues here; there are several references to and brief glimpses of sex (bare backside, moaning, adultery) and occasional use of very strong language, which tends to be variations of "f--k" and "s--t." Several characters die, mostly of cancer (and in one case, AIDS). Audiences will learn about the scientific method that led to the discovery of the BRCA gene.

Sexual Content

Several references to sex (or "thumpety, thump, thump," as the main character calls it); several brief scenes of a married couple having sex (bare backs, buttocks); and one brief scene of adulterous sex. A woman complains about how her husband won't touch her after her mastectomy.


Several deaths due to disease (cancer, HIV), mostly people related to the main character. A woman battles cancer, surgery, and treatment; she's shown vomiting from side effects.


Occasional very strong language: "f--k," "dumbf--k," "f--king," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," and more.

Social Behavior

There are several positive messages in the movie, including the idea that research -- and not just awareness -- is what's going to help prevent or stop cancer. Without Dr. King's commitment to research, who knows whether it would have been discovered that there's a genetic predisposition to certain kinds of breast cancer?


No overt product placements.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults occasionally drink, smoke cigarettes, or smoke 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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