2016 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

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2016 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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Shattered by his wife's tragic death in a car crash, investment banker Davis Mitchell is rendered emotionally numb -- until his frustration with an uncooperative vending machine leads to an unlikely correspondence and some therapeutic destruction.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: 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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Demolition is a dramedy about a man (Jake Gyllenhaal) learning how to live again after his wife's death. In addition to a deadly car crash, it has guns and shooting (a teen fires the weapon), some brutal punching and pummeling (with bloody wounds resulting), and a scene in which furniture, appliances, walls, and windows are smashed with sledgehammers and other tools Language is strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. A teen smokes cigarettes and drinks beer, and an adult character is a regular pot smoker (her dealer is shown in one scene). There's additional social drinking and drug references as well. Characters make verbal references to sex, and there's a shot of the main character, naked, on the toilet (nothing sensitive is shown).

Sexual Content

Verbal references to having sex, oral sex, etc. The main character is shown naked, sitting on a toilet, from the side (nothing sensitive shown).


A life-altering car crash kills a pivotal character. Characters are beaten to a pulp, with bloody wounds shown. Also a bloody wound from stepping on a nail. A kid shoots a gun. Blood stains on clothes. Character smashes up lots of furniture, appliances, and electronics with a sledgehammer. Toys are set on fire as a demonstration of war. Brief, verbal violent imagery.


"F--k" is used several times, plus "s--t," "motherf----r," "t-ts," "ass," "goddamn," "prick," "balls," "retarded," "pothead," "dyke," "idiot."

Social Behavior

Suggests that there are many ways for people to mourn lost loved ones and that sometimes these means aren't necessarily "ordinary." Also, it's important to accept others and whatever form their mourning may take.


M&Ms are initially part of the plot. Reference to eBay. Heineken beer shown. Apple iPhones shown.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A teen smokes cigarettes and drinks beer. A secondary character regularly smokes pot. Minor character is a pot dealer. Social drinking. References to Ecstasy and crack.

  • 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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