Higher Ground

2011 R 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD

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Higher Ground

2011 R 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD
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Vera Farmiga stars in and directs this sensitive and searching chronicle describing one woman's lifetime journey of faith -- one that initially leads her to join a fundamentalist sect and then leave it again years later.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, French, English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, English SDH, French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
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 affecting, complex drama depicts a faithful woman struggling to reconcile her doubts with her religious beliefs. It's a bracingly honest portrayal that doesn't buy into the typical stereotypes of either the pious or the questioning. The lead character starts her relationship with God in earnest as a teen mom; the road that leads her there is revealed straightforwardly: She's shown having premarital sex (though there's no nudity) and struggling to understand the adults around her, many of whom have lost their moorings themselves. These are heavy themes, which -- along with the movie's sexual content (in addition to teens having sex, characters also frankly discuss body parts and how to pleasure the opposite sex) and swearing -- makes it a better fit for older viewers.

Sexual Content

Teens are shown making out and seemingly having sex (viewers mostly hear grunts and hints of movement; there's no nudity). A married woman flirts with men who aren't her husband. A group of men discusses how to pleasure their wives; parts of the vagina are mentioned. Two women draw their husband's penises on paper.


A car crash puts a child's life in peril. A married couple fights; once, it gets ugly, with the man nearly choking the woman. Another couple screams at each other within earshot of their kids.


Infrequent use of "damn," "piss," "ass," "s--t" and "f--k." A character gives another the finger.

Social Behavior

The movie is an earnest, honest examination of faith and how different people form their beliefs and handle the struggle to remain faithful in the face of doubts.


Bulova, Miracle Whip, and Egg McMuffin are mentioned.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A woman is found to have cocaine in her luggage, which a child discovers and plays with.

  • 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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