2015 R 1h 51m DVD


2015 R 1h 51m DVD
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After "Life" magazine hires him to shoot pictures of a not-yet-famous James Dean, freelance photographer Dennis Stock takes a train trip with the enigmatic actor before capturing what would become an iconic image of Dean in Times Square.
Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ben Kingsley
Anton Corbijn
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Life takes a look at the early career of actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan) and his relationship with Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), a photographer for Life magazine who captured some of the most iconic images of the budding star. Expect plenty of smoking, as was common during the 1950s, and a few scenes show people drinking heavily and popping pills. There's some moderate swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), a brief sex scene in a bar bathroom (no nudity), and one longer scene of a couple in bed that shows a woman's breasts.

Sexual Content

A brief sex scene shows a drunken couple having sex in a bar bathroom; thrusting shown, but no body parts are visible. In another scene, two lovers relax in bed, nude; the woman's breasts are visible.


A studio executive makes casual threats to a young actor, warning him to toe the company line or face unpleasant consequences.


Occasional swearing includes "s--t," "f--k," and "screw."

Social Behavior

Persistence can pay off.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frequent smoking throughout (accurate for the era). Drinking at parties and bars; in one scene, some characters get quite drunk. One sequence shows people popping uppers.

  • 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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