Me and Orson Welles

2008 PG-13 1h 47m DVD

Me and Orson Welles

2008 PG-13 1h 47m DVD
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The story of a whirlwind week in 1937 NYC when a young aspiring actor (Zac Efron) is thrown into the middle of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre Company on the eve of the opening of Welles' historic staging of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay, Ben Chaplin, Zoe Kazan, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly, James Tupper, Leo Bill, Al Weaver
Richard Linklater
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this 1937-set Zac Efron showbiz dramedy from Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater is a world away from High School Musical (though Efron does sing). It tackles mature themes -- including infidelity and opportunism -- that aren't age-appropriate for Efron's tween fan base, and the movie's initially slowish pace may turn off even some older fans. But when things get going, the movie is breezy fun for those who appreciate showbiz history. Expect some strong language (including "s--t"), a bit of drinking and smoking, and references to sex (though nothing graphic is shown).

Sexual Content

A man and a woman spend the night together together; later, she beds another guy, which angers the other (no nudity is shown). Men discuss ways to seduce women and make a bet on which one of them will manage to sleep with a specific woman first. A married actor cheats on his pregnant wife.


Men argue over a girl; a stage carpenter grows irate with a director, and they nearly come to blows.


A fair amount of swearing, including "sons of bitches," "bastard" and "s--t."

Social Behavior

The underlying message is that fame and stardom don't measure up to love and learning. But it takes a while for the main character to discover this, and others don't at all.


Mention of Wheaties.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking; a high school senior downs a glass of wine and smokes a Cuban cigar.

  • 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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