On the Road

2012 R 2h 4m Blu-ray / DVD

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On the Road

2012 R 2h 4m Blu-ray / DVD
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At the height of the Beat era, New York writer Sal Paradise, his freewheeling buddy Dean, and Dean's wife set out on a journey of self-discovery. Their cross-country quest for answers reflects the American character, attitudes and values of the time.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that On the Road is the first official movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac's legendary 1957 novel. There's lots of sex and drugs, and Twilight's Kristen Stewart can be seen somewhat naked and in many depraved situations. Expect partial nudity (female toplessness and naked male bottoms), sex (including threesomes and a graphic scene of two men having sex), and strong sexual innuendo. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol almost constantly and smoke pot in a few scenes. A minor character is a junkie with track marks on his arms. Language is likewise strong, colorful, and constant, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "c--k" throughout. After spending years on the drawing board, the finished movie is really very dull, and despite the K-Stew factor, teens may not even be interested.

Sexual Content

The main characters each end up sleeping with more than one partner. Brief female toplessness and naked male bottoms. Women get pregnant. Kissing and sex scenes are shown, including one that's pretty graphic and an attempt at a threesome. Very strong sexual innuendo is heard throughout, including detailed stories (one about an "orgy").


Arguing and the threat of violence. Characters often steal things, ranging from food to cars.


Language is constant and colorful. Words include "f--k," "s--t," "piss," "c--k," "muff," "goddamn," "a--hole," and "God" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

Characters more or less drift around, indulge in iffy behavior, and occasionally decide to "grow up" or move on. Lessons aren't learned as a result of anything, and there aren't really any "arcs" to the characters.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The main characters are almost constantly drinking and smoking cigarettes, and they take other kinds of drugs fairly often. They try pot in one long sequence. No addiction is overtly shown, with one exception: The minor character "Old Bull Lee" is shown to be a junkie, with track marks littering his arms.

  • 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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