Frozen River

2008 R 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD

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Frozen River

2008 R 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD
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On a Mohawk reservation on the Canadian border, Ray Eddy teams with widowed tribe member Lila Littlewolf to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States. Though the work provides the women with much-needed money, each trip puts them in peril.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film, which earned actress Melissa Leo an Oscar nomination for Best Actress as well as a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, is a serious, strong, and well-made drama loaded with topics worthy of serious discussion, as well as some harsh language. Parents also need to know that the film is not shy about depicting illegal activity and working-class poverty.

Sexual Content

Brief images of people stripped down to their underwear. Scantily-clad dancers in a strip club, fully-clothed, writhe.


Threats are made with guns. Fighting and scuffling. Discussion of suicide bombing. An infant is, unknowingly, placed in mortal danger. A fire consumes a home. A blowtorch is brandished in anger.


Some profanity, including "bulls--t," "goddamn," multiple variatons on 'f--k," and more. Ethnic slurs and racial language, such as "Paki" and more.

Social Behavior

The film's entire plot revolves around a number of ethical questions: What are national borders? What makes the law? What does it say when a person can make more money breaking the law than they could in weeks of "honest" labor? What makes immigration "legal" or "Illegal," and what does it say that people are so desperate to come to the United States that they'll endure any hardship to get there? There are also discussions of the differences between "whites" and Native Americans. There's also depiction and discussion of gambling addiction.


Some brands mentioned, including Hot Wheels, Pringles, and more.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Extensive smoking. Drinking of beer, wine, and alcohol depicted. Discussion of drug use, drug smuggling.

  • 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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