Grey Gardens

2009 NR 1h 43m DVD

Grey Gardens

2009 NR 1h 43m DVD
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Based on a true story, this made-for-TV, Emmy-winning drama stars Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as the aunt and cousin of Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Jeanne Tripplehorn), both named Edie Beale, who retreat from tony Manhattan society to a mansion in East Hampton, N.Y. After years in isolation, the women are thrust into the spotlight when journalists report on a series of health inspections that find the house -- and its owners -- in shocking disarray. Ken Howard co-stars.
Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Daniel Baldwin, Arye Gross, Ken Howard, Louis Ferreira, Malcolm Gets, Marcia Bennett, Evan Williams, Joshua Peace, Melissa Panton, Ben Carlson, Tamsen McDonough, Olivia Waldriff, Duane Murray, Perry Mucci, Louis Grise, Dave Kiner
Michael Sucsy
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this drama follows the sad tale of a co-dependent mother and daughter living in squalor in 1970s Hamptons, and the decades leading up to it. Though there's no violence or nudity, it's sometimes painful to watch, especially knowing it's based on real people. Though it's rated PG, its tragic themes may not appeal to tween audiences and younger.

Sexual Content

A married woman carries on with a much younger man, though they're not shown trysting. There appears to be a chilly understanding between her and her husband. A young woman also has an affair with a married man, a liaison others frown upon; later, he heartlessly breaks up with her. The same person also has other relationships that don't appear to be good for her. Some kissing, and a couple is shown dressed but in bed.


No physical fights, but a couple does argue, and the hostility pierces.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Families can hurt each other in many ways. Yet, though this movie mines this theme, the bond between Little Edie and Big Edie is palpable. Blood truly is thicker than water, for good or bad.


Some name-dropping of the Bouviers and the Maidstone Club, but nothing that stands out. One character appears unaware of her spending.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Main character is an alcoholic. Lots of social drinking and smoking.

  • 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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