Once

2006 R 1h 25m DVD

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Once

2006 R 1h 25m DVD
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In this charming contemporary musical, a street musician in Dublin strikes up a friendship with a migrant street hawker, and the duo ends up composing and recording a series of songs over the course of a week that mirrors their burgeoning romance.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
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 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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Reviews

age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Once is an endearing indie romance. Although there's a fair amount of swearing -- particularly "f--k" -- hardly anything else would raise a flag for teens and up. In fact, it's one of the few love stories that doesn't require its leads to get naked or fall in bed together. A thief does try to make off with the musician's street earnings, and there's some bitter talk of past breakups, plenty of beer drinking, and flirtation between a married woman and a single man (even though both know she's still married). But the positive messages about love and emotional connection outweigh any iffiness.

Sexual Content

A man propositions a woman, but indirectly and awkwardly. One mention of "hanky panky," but in a jovial, respectful manner. Sexual tension, but the focus is on the couple's burgeoning emotional attachment, not what would happen if they got naked.

Violence

No overt violence, but some potentially upsetting scenes related to poverty -- families shoehorned into very small apartments, for instance.

Language

Lots of swearing, usually involving "f--k" -- as in "for f--k's sake" and "f--king brilliant."

Social Behavior

Lots of emphasis is placed on pursuing your dreams, and the couple is very supportive of each other's wants and needs.

Consumerism

Very little, though the street musician sings in front of a CD store with the name fully displayed.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some smoking in pubs; lots of drinking in social situations.

  • 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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