2015 PG-13 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD

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2015 PG-13 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this fact-based drama, same-sex partners Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree face tragedy and discrimination when Laurel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and her request to pass on her pension benefits to Stacie is denied.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
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 Freeheld is based on the real-life relationship between New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), a young auto mechanic 18 years her junior. It's an inspiring story about a hard-fought struggle for equality under the law, but it's also difficult to watch because it shows a woman with stage 4 cancer trying desperately to get her partner benefits after she dies -- themes that are too intense for younger viewers. The film doesn't shy away from showing what a cancer-stricken person looks and sounds like, and there are scenes that show gun shots and drug busts. You can also expect some swearing ("s--t," "a--hole") and the use of homophobic slurs on a few occasions. Sexual content is limited to a tender embrace/kiss between the main characters.

Sexual Content

A couple is shown in a loving embrace, kissing and touching each other.


The film shows cops at work: running after criminals, shooting their guns, being shot at, being dragged by cars, etc. In another scene, a tender moment is interrupted by harassment. Not violent, but sad/distressing are scenes showing a character dying of cancer.


Relatively frequent swearing includes "bitch," "a--hole," "t-ts," "s--t," "f-g," and more. Middle-finger gesture.

Social Behavior

Everyone is entitled to equality. Also, persistence pays off, and love is a powerful thing.


Products/brands seen/mentioned include Dell, Sony, BMW, Ford, New Balance, and Entenmann's.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking. The movie starts off with a drug bust; paraphernalia is seen.

  • 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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