Louder Than Words

2014 PG-13 1h 35m DVD

Louder Than Words

2014 PG-13 1h 35m DVD
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After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple, Stephanie and John Fareri, work to build a state of the art children's hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process.
David Duchovny, Hope Davis, Timothy Hutton, Olivia Steele-Falconer, Adelaide Kane
Anthony Fabian
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Louder Than Words is a film about grief and remaking a family after a tragedy -- in this case, the death of a child. Given that subject matter, the film is likely best for teens or mature tweens. Attempts are made to lighten the heavy themes and unmistakable messages -- using sunny flashbacks and voice-over narration, as well as a positive outcome -- but sadness is the prevailing emotion. Many scenes take place in a hospital, turning from bleak to hopeless in grim surroundings. Occasional swearing is heard (i.e., "pissed," "crap," "hell," plus one use of "f--k"), a married couple kisses and passionately embraces in their bedroom, and a young woman is glimpsed in bed with a boyfriend. Characters (including three college-aged kids) drink alcoholic beverages in many social settings, but there's no drunkenness; the young people also smoke cigarettes.

Sexual Content

A married couple kisses and shares some passionate embraces in their bedroom. A young woman is briefly seen in bed with a man previously mentioned as a "boyfriend."


The film's story centers on a family dealing with a child's death. A distraught woman loses her temper and throws dishes to the floor.


Occasional swearing includes "crap," "hell," "bastard," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), "pissed off," "screw," and one use of "f--k."

Social Behavior

The film explores the variety of ways in which people cope with grief. It also encourages open communication within a family and provides an example of turning tragic circumstances into positive action.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink wine and beer in social settings in several scenes. College-aged kids smoke throughout the movie and drink beer in their home in one instance.

  • 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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