Of Boys and Men

2008 PG-13 1h 26m DVD

Of Boys and Men

2008 PG-13 1h 26m DVD
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When his wife (Angela Bassett) dies in a tragic car accident, Chicago dad Holden Cole (Robert Townsend) suddenly has his hands full raising three anguish-stricken boys while simultaneously trying to cope with his own grief and regret. Turning to his kid sister Janay (Victoria Rowell) for help, Holden does his best to show his sons how to be honorable men even in the midst of heartbreak. Carl Seaton helms this family-friendly drama.
Robert Townsend, Angela Bassett, Victoria Rowell, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Scott Baity Jr., Vince Green, Ja'mal Green, Sharde Cole, Faizon Love, Dante Boens
Carl Seaton
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
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 this drama attempts to deal with a lot of heavy issues, including the loss of a parent, grief, abuse, survival, and loyalty. There's some violence (fistfights) and sexy talk between adults (and mimicked by kids), and kids are lured by a hustler's street wisdom, his drugs (marijuana), and the promise of easy money. The movie has prominent religious themes, including messages about doubting God, as well as belief in the afterlife.

Sexual Content

Adults talk about making love "all night" while sharing kisses. Kids mimic adult behavior, saying stuff like, "She was at my house last night doing the hootchie cootchie."


Loss of a parent is the main theme. Shoving and threats among kids, but it's the adults who take vengeance into their own hands by beating up perpetrators of abuse. Z's father is ready to beat him with a belt when Z has snuck out of the house. Theme of sexual abuse is touched upon, but vaguely.


Occasional language: "damn," "sucks," "butt."

Social Behavior

Z's life changes in the blink of an eye, and he has to find a strength that he didn't know that he had. The adults in his life attempt to give him strength in a time of crisis.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Z and his friend are offered a hit off a blunt, which Z accepts. Older brother Terrell and Daddy Cole have emotional outbursts during alcohol-fueled scenes.

  • 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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