2014 R 1h 57m DVD


2014 R 1h 57m DVD
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Long after breaking ties with his family, Jonathan learns that his long-ill father has elected to take himself off of life support in two days. Drawn in by the dire news, Jonathan returns to face his kin in an intense emotional encounter.
Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Jessica Brown Findlay, Anne Archer, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Barden, Terrence Howard, Amy Adams, Daniel Sunjata, Sterling Jerins
Andrew Levitas
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
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 Lullaby is a family drama centered on a dying patriarch who's decided to be taken off life support, over the objections of his wife and adult children. There are some intense arguments as they hash out old conflicts, but also some tender moments as they find ways to reconcile. Expect a good deal of swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," and more), some drinking, and a scene of drug use, as well as many scenes that show the main character (and another) smoking cigarettes. His nicotine addiction is actually a minor plot point. Characters also kiss and talk about sex, but there's nothing graphic.

Sexual Content

Two exes briefly discuss their past relationship. A group of children afflicted with cancer discusses whether they'll get to have sex before they die. A 17-year-old girl kisses a guy during a tender but wistful moment.


Family members bicker and squabble. A man puts his fist through a door during a heated moment.


Frequent strong language includes "f--," "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "hell," and more.

Social Behavior

It's difficult, but possible, to face death on your own terms. Two cancer patients -- one a wealthy father who's lived a full life, the other a teen girl who's barely experienced life -- show how to recognize the inevitable and make the most of their final days.


One character uses a Mac laptop.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The very first scene opens with a close-up of the main character smoking a cigarette, and he has many more throughout the film. Another character, a 17-year-old girl dying of cancer, also smokes regularly. A family drinks wine at a celebratory meal, and two characters drink whisky together during a stressful moment of bonding. Two women do drugs in the back of a limousine.

  • 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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