Hannah and Her Sisters

1986 PG-13 1h 47m DVD

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Hannah and Her Sisters

1986 PG-13 1h 47m DVD
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Woody Allen's classic tale about three New York City sisters -- Hannah (Mia Farrow), Holly (Dianne Wiest) and Lee (Barbara Hershey) -- begins with a festive Thanksgiving dinner, during which Hannah's husband, Elliot (Michael Caine), realizes he's falling for Lee. Unfolding over the course of a year, the Oscar-winning film follows the sisters' intertwined lives and loves, who include a grim artist (Max von Sydow) and a neurotic producer (Allen).
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Hannah and Her Sisters is a grown-up movie best for mature teens and an ideal film to watch as a family. In essence, it's a seriocomic gift, with profound concepts about life, lightened by delicious laughs that emerge from the characters and their relationships rather than situations or pratfalls. Woody Allen has created an extended family of rich characters, all of whom are complex "works in progress." Sex and sexual longing are key elements of some story lines, as is past and present drug and alcohol abuse. Themes include dishonesty, infidelity, codependency, and self-realization (or the lack of it). Sexual scenes are limited to passionate kissing and embracing, plus a few moments in bed post-intercourse. A number of characters have substance-abuse issues (a woman snorts cocaine on camera), and drinking and smoking frequently occur. Language includes mild swearing ("hell, " "ass," "Jesus Christ") and sexual references (masturbation, "whorehouse," "banging her sister," "knock off little Greek boys").

Sexual Content

No nudity or actual overt sexual activity other than kissing and passionately embracing. However, sexuality, longing, and sexual fantasizing are core elements of the story. Key characters contemplate and then engage in adultery. Lovers are seen in bed after intercourse. References to masturbation, child molestation, AIDS, and homosexuality.


Not applicable


Some swearing and sexual references: "ass," "damn," "for Christ's sake," "tight-ass," "hell," "masturbate," "knock off little Greek boys," "banging her sister," "whorehouse."

Social Behavior

Asserts that people can take positive steps to becoming their best selves and can overcome past behaviors. Creativity and dysfunction are seen as going hand in hand. Characters have been created as complex, multifaceted beings, advancing the concept that people are neither all good nor all bad; their very humanness means that mistakes will be made.


Some NYC locations and businesses are shown: St. Regis-Sheraton Hotel, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pageant Books, Carlyle Restaurant, King Menswear. Wonder Bread and Hellmann's Mayonnaise are part of a visual joke.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Substance abuse and addiction play a part in the backstories of several characters: One sister is a recovering alcoholic; a second sister has a cocaine problem -- she's shown high on the drug in several scenes and snorts cocaine in another; and the girls' mother is an alcoholic who "falls off the wagon" on-screen. Wine and other alcoholic beverages are consumed in numerous social settings; toasts are delivered. References to AA, Quaaludes, Seconal. Characters smoke.

  • 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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