Extraordinary Measures

2010 PG 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD

Extraordinary Measures

2010 PG 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD
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After their two young children are diagnosed with a rare genetic disease for which conventional medicine has no cure, John and Aileen pin their hopes on the work of unconventional scientist Dr. Robert Stonehill and form a company to develop a drug.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that despite its PG rating, this Harrison Ford medical drama features the kind of mature themes and strong language (including "s--t," "bulls--t," and "a--hole") usually associated with PG-13 movies. The movie focuses on a couple dealing with their children's life-threatening genetic disease; consequently, several scenes depict sick kids who are near death (and their inconsolable parents) -- which might be too heavy for tweens and young teens. The film's overall messages, however, are positive, as viewers see parents doing everything they possibly can to find a way to save their dying children.

Sexual Content

John and Aileen kiss passionately a couple of times and in one scene make out on a couch half-dressed after she makes a seductive suggestion about helping him take off his clothes.


Nothing violent, per se, but there are potentially disturbing images of very sick hospitalized children, as well as discussion of a child who has died from Pompe disease. A guard holds a gun in one scene.


Surprisingly strong language for a PG-rated film: "a--hole," "s--t," "bulls--t," and exclamations such as "Jesus!" and "Christ!"

Social Behavior

The Crowleys and other families dealing with Pompe disease all overcome unbelievable odds to ensure that their children live as long as possible. Their unflappable resolve is inspiring and touching, as is the sweet optimism portrayed by the sick kids.


Recognizable brands include Ford, Kia, Hewlett Packard, Bose, and several mentions and appearances of SpongeBob SquarePants -- both as a stuffed animal and a TV show.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink socially in a bar and at dinner.

  • 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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