2015 PG-13 1h 38m Blu-ray / DVD

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2015 PG-13 1h 38m Blu-ray / DVD
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Based on true events, Yale researcher Stanley Milgram's psychological experiments reveal troubling findings on test subjects' conscience and ethics when lab "technicians" request they deliver theoretically deadly electric "shocks" to total strangers.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
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 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Experimenter is a serious biographical drama about legendary social scientist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), best known for his obedience experiments and the "six degrees of separation" theory. The movie deals with heavy subjects like the correlation between obedience and the inability to resist orders -- even immoral ones. Milgram's personal story also reveals his motivation for his experiments (the Holocaust) and his need to figure out why so many people carried out atrocities believing they were "just following orders." There are a couple of curse words (including one "f--k") and some passionate kissing, as well as social drinking and cigarette smoking -- as was more typical of the '60s and '70s. It's really the themes, more than any specific iffy content, that make this movie aimed at mature/academically inclined teens interested in discussing the experiments.

Sexual Content

An adult couple kisses passionately on a bed.


Disturbing scene of Stanley having a heart attack; subjects in the experiment are upset and uncomfortable when they believe they're shocking another person in the experiment.


One "f--k," plus "damn," "hell."

Social Behavior

Makes audiences think about the possible downsides to blind obedience -- and why it's important to check your moral compass before following orders.



Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink wine and cocktails at parties/a bar. Characters smoke cigarettes (accurate for the era).

  • 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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