My Louisiana Sky

2001 NR 1h 39m DVD

My Louisiana Sky

2001 NR 1h 39m DVD
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Newcomer Kelsey Keel stars in this touching coming-of-age drama directed by Adam Arkin. Tiger Ann (Keel) is a 12-year-old girl in 1950s Louisiana who's coming to terms with living with mentally handicapped parents. Old enough now to realize the gravity of the situation, she struggles to cope with these unsettling revelations. Her lively aunt (Juliette Lewis) soon comes to the rescue, helping to ease both Tiger Ann's mind and her parents' burden.
Juliette Lewis, Kelsey Keel, Shirley Knight, Chris Owens, Michael Cera, Amelia Campbell, Karen Robinson
Adam Arkin
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that My Louisiana Sky is a moving 2001 film set in 1950s rural Louisiana about a feisty 12-year-old girl whose parents are mentally handicapped. As a coming-of-age movie based on the novel by Kimberly Wilis Holt, this is as much about Tiger Ann growing up as it is about her family life -- in the story, she has her first menstrual period and learns what this means from her grandmother, her boy friend (played by a very young Michael Cera) suddenly wants to be her boyfriend, and she begins to conceive of life lived outside of her immediate surroundings. The acting across the board is excellent, and the mental handicaps of the parents are portrayed and presented with great compassion.

Sexual Content

Tiger Ann has her first menstrual period and learns what this means from her grandmother. Also, her boy friend suddenly wants to be her boyfriend.


Mild peril, as a girl and her father try to make it home through the woods as a hurricane passes overhead.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

As a coming-of-age movie about a 12-year-old girl living with mentally handicapped parents in 1950s Louisiana, this film teaches, through discussion and action, lessons in tolerance and empathy.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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