Grey Gardens

1975 PG 1h 34m DVD

Grey Gardens

1975 PG 1h 34m DVD
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Documentary pioneers the Maysles brothers (Gimme Shelter) capture poignant moments in the lives of Jackie O's quirky relatives -- Edith Bouvier Beale, aka Big Edie, and her middle-aged daughter, Little Edie -- at their decaying estate, Grey Gardens. The ladies shut out their bleak present by recalling richer times and lost loves, and while Little Edie confides that she'd like to leave, the camera captures an enduring co-dependency.
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Edith Bouvier Beale
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Grey Gardens, the 1970s documentary about a codependent mother and daughter who related to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is a tragicomic portrait of two women who have seen better days. As such, the behavior and living conditions of these two might be a bit much for younger, less mature viewers. "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" are often seen in their shared bedroom drinking rum and Coke while arguing about the events that led to their shared destiny of living together for decades in the crumbling mansion named Grey Gardens. Their behavior is erratic and eccentric at best, but what emerges is a provocative portrait of two fiercely independent women who lived through a time and high society where the options for women who wanted to shape their own destinies were limited, and must live with those consequences.

Sexual Content

"Little Edie" believes that a much-younger gardener is interested in having sex with her, which leads to an argument with her mother. During a later argument, one of "Big Edie's" breasts briefly hangs out as she bends over to pick something up.


Not applicable


"Damn," "Goddamn," "hell."

Social Behavior

The film gently wrestles with how society perceives mental illness, eccentricity, and aging. The codependency between the two women is clearly problematic in some ways, but it's handled carefully and with tact.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

In their room, Big and Little Edie drink from a bottle of rum. During Big Edie's birthday party, attendees drink wine and beer.

  • 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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