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.
Characters discuss sex; heterosexual and homosexual couples kiss. Some suggested intimacy and discussion of adultery.
One "f--k" and occasional uses of phrases like "goddamn" and "oh God."
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.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Social drinking; a character gets drunk. Some smoking (era-appropriate for the '50s setting).