Far from Heaven

2002 PG-13 1h 48m DVD

Far from Heaven

2002 PG-13 1h 48m DVD
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When she finds her husband with another man, a housewife in 1950s Connecticut must deal not only with infidelity but racial tension, as she copes with her emotional turmoil by developing an unlikely friendship with her African-American gardener.
Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, James Rebhorn, Celia Weston, Viola Davis, Bette Henritze, Michael Gaston
Todd Haynes
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this Oscar-nominated melodrama deals with mature, complex issues, including prejudice, sexuality, and adultery. Characters make anti-Semitic and racist comments; there's also some drinking and smoking. One character gets drunk in an attempt to numb the pain he feels about not being true to himself.

Sexual Content

Characters discuss sex; heterosexual and homosexual couples kiss. Some suggested intimacy and discussion of adultery.


Tense scenes.


One "f--k" and occasional uses of phrases like "goddamn" and "oh God."

Social Behavior

The movie's characters are complex, and they face serious dilemmas and complicated issues relating to marriage, sexuality, race, and social expectations. The 1950s' suburban setting is portrayed as rigid and quick to gossip and condemn, but ultimately the main characters are true to themselves and their feelings.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking; a character gets drunk. Some smoking (era-appropriate for the '50s setting).

  • 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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