Kelly & Cal

2014 R 1h 50m DVD

Kelly & Cal

2014 R 1h 50m DVD
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Struggling with the challenges of parenthood, a dispirited young mother finds an unlikely friend and confidante in her paralyzed teenage neighbor. But when their relationship crosses the line, she starts to consider the consequences.
Juliette Lewis, Margaret Colin, Lusia Strus, Cybill Shepherd
Jen McGowan
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Kelly & Cal explores the unlikely friendship between a new mom who's struggling to adjust to her new role and a teenage boy who's confined to a wheelchair after an accident. The film covers intense emotional ground but is slow moving. Expect some frank, emotional discussions and a good deal of swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k."), as well as plenty of scenes showing the main characters (one of whom is a high school student) drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. There's also some kissing, a character is shown taking a vibrator to bed (she's interrupted before she can use it), and a scene in which the older woman disrobes in front of her younger friend.

Sexual Content

A new mother bemoans her suddenly waning sex life. She retreats to her bed with a vibrator but is interrupted by a crying baby. In a later scene she and her husband kiss and embrace in bed. The woman begins an emotional affair with a teenage boy. They kiss in one scene, and she later disrobes while he watches.


Some intense arguments.


Plenty of salty language, including "s--t," "-ss," "bitch," and variations of "f--k."

Social Behavior

Kelly and Cal have little in common besides the fact that they're both angry about what they've lost, but they must both learn to appreciate what they do have.


A character drives a Volvo and extols its safety features. He also discusses the medicinal properties of Guinness beer.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The two main characters, an adult woman and a teenage boy, spend many afternoons together drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. In one scene they get wasted, and then he gets behind the wheel of a car and they drive home. They sometimes discuss smoking pot in the past.

  • 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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