Love & Mercy

2015 PG-13 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD

Love & Mercy

2015 PG-13 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD
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This candid biopic traces the winding path of Brian Wilson, creator of the Beach Boys' unique sound. Battling mental illness, Wilson traded stardom for an isolated existence in the 1960s but returned to the stage in the '80s after taming his demons.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): 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 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Love & Mercy is an excellent biographical drama about the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, who's shown during two points in his life. The biggest issue here is heavy drug use -- ranging from pot to LSD; characters also smoke cigarettes and pipes and drink beer and hard liquor. Language includes a use of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "t-ts," and more. There are images of and verbal references to a violent, abusive father beating his son, as well as references to death by drowning and suicide. A man flirts with a woman and stares at her chest, and they eventually sleep together (nothing graphic shown). For music fans, this movie is something quite extraordinary, reaching far deeper than the usual biopic. It could also bring newcomers closer to Wilson's amazing music.

Sexual Content

A couple is shown asleep together in bed (presumably after sex). Flirting. Man stares at a woman's chest.


A character tells an intense story about being beaten by his father. Shot of father hitting son. References to death by drowning and to being suicidal.


A use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitch," "t-ts," "piss," "slut," "goddamn," "oh my God," "Jesus Christ," and "for Christ's sake" (all as exclamations).

Social Behavior

Offers an in-depth depiction of the creative process and its various struggles and victories. Also portrays an empathetic character trying to help someone who can no longer help himself. It's suggested that using drugs can help expand an artist's horizons, but not without limits.


Nike shoes shown.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Heavy drug use, including pot, LSD, etc. Also prescription pill use, cigarette/pipe smoking, and beer/hard alcohol drinking. While the drug use isn't exactly glamorized, it's suggested that it helps Wilson expand his horizons as an artist.

  • 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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