God Help the Girl

2014 NR 1h 52m DVD

God Help the Girl

2014 NR 1h 52m DVD
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This musical by Stuart Murdoch -- of the indie band Belle and Sebastian -- follows Eve, whose gift for songwriting sees her through a troubled life. Her talent takes her to Glasgow, where she finally meets others who share her passion.
Emily Browning, Hannah Murray, Olly Alexander
Stuart Murdoch
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that God Help the Girl is an indie musical featuring the songs of writer-director Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of popular Scottish pop band Belle & Sebastian, and starring Emily Browning as a teenager who processes her problems through song. The movie's characters deal with some heavy issues: eating disorders, mental illness, depression, attempted suicide, and more. Language isn't frequent but does include a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t" and insult language. The main character sleeps with a good-looking musician (they're shown bare-shouldered in bed together) and kisses another. There's also some drinking, but it's worth remembering that it's legal for 18-year-olds to drink in Scotland, where the movie takes place. Despite the movie's mature themes, the music is alternately wistful and bubbly, and God Help the Girl is ultimately a hopeful story about following your dreams and healing your wounds through art.

Sexual Content

Some kisses and one bedroom scene that makes it clear that Eve is "shagging" a band's frontman. They're shown in bed together, bare shouldered (him barechested) and kissing. Later she wears just a shirt and panties and kisses a guy, but they don't have sex.


The main character is in the hospital for an eating disorder and later, after taking too many pills, has to be taken back to the hospital. A drummer and a singer get into a scuffle.


Occasional strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bloody," and a few insults.

Social Behavior

Amid heavy themes (eating disorders, mental illness, depression, attempted suicide), the movie's message is that you should follow your dreams and stay true to your art. It's also about figuring out what you want to do "when you grow up."


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Young adults of indeterminate age drink at a music club, but it's legal for 18-year-olds to drink in Scotland. A character is hospitalized after taking too many pills.

  • 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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