Kramer vs. Kramer
Ted (Dustin Hoffman) is a career-driven yuppie -- until he finds out his dissatisfied wife (Meryl Streep) is leaving him and their 6-year-old son. But just as Ted begins to love being a full-time parent, his wife reappears to reclaim the boy. Poignant and beautifully acted, this cinematic tearjerker swept the 1979 Academy Awards, winning Oscars for Hoffman and Streep in addition to Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay honors.
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- Robert Benton
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1981 BAFTA®
- 1980 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominee
- Top 100 Movies nominee
- 1980 Academy Award®
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Korean, Thai, Chinese Simplified, PortugueseClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailers; exclusive documentary; cast and crew information.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 HD, Portuguese: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this multiple award-winning film about the wrenching truths of divorce and its effects on both parents and kids has moments of great humor as well as heartbreak. Watching the relationship between a clueless dad (as he becomes a dedicated, loving father) and his young son (as he learns to deal with the pain of losing his mother) is suspenseful, very intense, and highly moving. Made in 1979, the filmmakers made a groundbreaking effort to treat a mother, who leaves her young son behind, with dignity and understanding. Following a bedroom scene showing two adults after a sexual encounter, a naked woman comes face to face with a little boy in the hallway (breasts clearly visible as she attempts to cover her genitals); the moment is played for comic effect and embarrassment rather than sexual provocativeness. In one tense, lengthy sequence, a child falls from a jungle gym, is rushed to an emergency hospital, and undergoes stitches on camera. There is occasional swearing ("goddammit"). Adult beverages are consumed in a number of social situations, and, once, the dad uses alcohol after a particularly difficult argument with his son. A few people smoke.
- Sexual Content
- A couple is shown in bed after having sex. In what is intended to be comically embarrassing, the nude woman gets up and goes into the hallway, where she unexpectedly encounters a 6-year-old boy and uses her hands to cover her genitalia, but her breasts are visible. She's also seen fully naked from behind. Some couples are seen kissing at a holiday party.
- In a suspenseful sequence, Billy, age 6, falls from a jungle gym. His face is bloody, and his father rushes through city streets to get him to an emergency room, where a doctor stitches a gash in his face. Some tension during father-son arguments; the dad carries the screaming boy to his room.
- Multiple instances of "goddamn it." One "s--t" and one "bastard."
- Social Behavior
- Encourages understanding, sensitivity, responsibility, and tenderness in child-parent relationships, focusing on father-child. Advocates hear both sides of the story and respect differing points of view. The film gives forceful examples of positive ways of dealing with disappointment, anger, and fear.
- Some grocery items are seen on market shelves and in the Kramer kitchen (among them are Tab, Tide, Special K and Total cereals, Schrafft's ice cream). A few liquor brands are visible on a bar counter (Seagram, Beefeater, JB). Singer sewing machine, Burberry, Miriam Rigler Bridal store.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Casual social drinking occurs in several dinner, restaurant, and party scenes. Ted Kramer pours himself a drink after a particularly difficult moment with his little boy. A few characters smoke upon occasion.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it