Elsa & Fred

2014 PG-13 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD

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Elsa & Fred

2014 PG-13 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD
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ELSA AND FRED is the story of two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love. After losing his wife, Fred (Christopher Plummer) feels disturbed, confused and alone, so his daughter (Marcia Gay Harden) helps move him into a small apartment where he meets Elsa (Shirley Maclaine). From that moment on, everything changes.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
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 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Marcia Gay Harden
  • Wendell Pierce
  • Jared Gilman
  • Chris Noth
  • Scott Bakula
  • George Segal
  • James Brolin
  • Reg Rogers
  • Erika Alexander
  • Jaime Camil
  • Osvaldo Rios
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Elsa & Fred traces the burgeoning relationship between two senior citizens who become neighbors. Fred is bitter for having been recently widowed, while Elsa is happy-go-lucky come to life. The film explores love at an age often ignored by other movies; while the content is very mild, tweens and even teens aren't likely to be too interested. There are some chaste kisses, and the main characters are shown waking up together. A few scenes show adults drinking, mostly with meals, and profanity is infrequent -- though there is one vehement "f--k" in a moment of stress. Elsa is no stranger to lying, and some of her activities actually veer into illegal territor -- though Fred seems to find it endearing.

Sexual Content

Some kisses. It's suggested that the two main characters end up sleeping together (they wake up together).


Not applicable


Infrequent swearing includes "hell" and "pissed." One character says "f--k" in a moment of duress.

Social Behavior

Love can come at any age, even to people who thought they weren't on the lookout for it.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking.

  • 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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