I Saw the Light

2015 R 2h 3m Blu-ray / DVD

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I Saw the Light

2015 R 2h 3m Blu-ray / DVD
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Showcasing the unique talent and musical influence of country-western artist Hank Williams, this candid biography also sheds light on the legacy of drug abuse and tormented relationships that contributes to the singer's legend.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Thai, Portuguese
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Portuguese
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: DTS-HD Master Audio
Rating
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+
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Cherry Jones
  • Bradley Whitford
  • Maddie Hasson
  • Wrenn Schmidt
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that I Saw the Light is a biopic about country music legend Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston). The movie covers Williams' frequent drinking; he makes several attempts to quit (a painful detox scene is shown), but it doesn't take. There's also frequent cigarette smoking and a scene of a character on morphine. Williams is shown enjoying the company of many women, even when he's already married. There's an intimate scene of kissing and bedroom play with his wife, and another scene with a topless woman. Language is fairly strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch." A brief bar fight is shown, as is arguing and a character with awful back pain. In one scene, a character uses a gun to shoot at targets. Like most music biopics, the movie is a warning against the pitfalls of fame and success; it's pretty routine, but it does feature a strong lead performance and great music.

Sexual Content

Williams is said to have many sex partners, including affairs while he's married. (He marries twice during the story.) Intimate scene of kissing and foreplay between a married couple. Topless scene.

Violence

Brief bar fight. Arguing. Main character with terrible pain. Character shoots targets with a gun.

Language

Uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "hell," "damn," and "piss," as well as "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

Like most biopics about musicians, this one warns viewers about the pitfalls of fame -- i.e. the easy access to drugs, alcohol, and women; money problems; losing friends; etc.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Williams drinks frequently and appears to be an alcoholic. He quits several times and seeks treatment (a painful detox sequence is shown) but always starts back up again. Frequent cigarette smoking. Character on morphine.

  • 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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