Liz & Dick

2012 NR 1h 30m DVD

Liz & Dick

2012 NR 1h 30m DVD
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This made-for-television biopic follows the legendary romance of Elizabeth "Liz" Taylor and Richard "Dick" Burton through two marriages -- and two divorces -- beginning with their fateful meeting on the 1960 set of Cleopatra.
Lindsay Lohan, Grant Bowler, Theresa Russell, David Hunt, Bruce Nozick, Tanya Franks, Andy Hirsch, Charles Shaughnessy, David Eigenberg, Creed Bratton
Lloyd Kramer
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Liz & Dick is a biopic about two characters who weren't necessarily nice people: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who were each married to other people when they got together. They take pleasure in cheating and seem to care little about those they hurt, including spouses and children. Both are massive drinkers and smokers and are seldom seen without a cigarette onscreen. Taylor is also a pill popper, often seen taking "medication" and once swallowing a bottle of pills and chasing it with vodka in a suicide attempt. There is emotional cruelty galore as the pair insult each other constantly and fight violently, with screams and shoves. No real nudity, but Burton and Taylor are frequently shown in bed with implied nakedness. Both Burton and Taylor end up rather unhappily, which parents may want to use as an object lesson: See what happens when you drink, cheat, and brawl? Teens might be attracted to the movie thanks to Lindsay Lohan's role.

Sexual Content

Lots of making out in bed and cheating couples, with implied sex. At one point, Lohan-as-Taylor is completely nude and lying on her stomach, while Bowler-as-Burton uses her rear end as a pillow, concealing it.


Some domestic violence: shoving, slapping. Taylor throws glasses against the wall a few times. Taylor attempts suicide with pills and vodka.


Occasional language: "damn," "hell," as well as more creative insults, often centering around Taylor's looks (Burton frequently calls her "fat" and "dumpy") and Burton's drinking.

Social Behavior

The only possible positive message one can draw from all the brawling and drinking is that love endures -- until it doesn't. Otherwise, this is a depressingly realistic look at how humans squander their own happiness.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Both Taylor and Burton were heavy smokers, and this is reflected onscreen, with both characters frequently smoking, lighting cigarettes, or stubbing them out in ashtrays. Both are heavy drinkers as well, and sometimes act foolishly when drinking. Taylor pops pills, and at one point attempts suicide with pills and vodka.

  • 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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