Ordinary People

1980 R 2h 4m DVD

Ordinary People

1980 R 2h 4m DVD
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Everything is in its proper place in the Jarrett household -- except the past. Mary Tyler Moore scored an Oscar nod for her role as repressed mother Beth Jarrett, whose favorite son has died, leaving her with another (Timothy Hutton) she can barely tolerate. The film also netted four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Redford, in his directorial bow), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for young Hutton.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
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 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this drama deals with mature themes like death, suicide, and dysfunctional family relationships. Many of the scenes are intense and sad. It contains some arguing, a fist fight (leading to an injury), some strong language ("s--t," "f--k"), and some sexual references. Drinking and cigarette smoking is also visible.

Sexual Content

Some references to sexual acts.


Conrad's scars from his attempted suicide are visible; another character kills herself (but the event is not visible). Tense arguments emerge between Conrad and his parents. A fight leaves one cast member with a bloody nose. The moment Bucky is lost at sea is shown several times.


Contains curses like "s--t" and "f--k".

Social Behavior

The series tackles some strong issues, including the death of a loved one, survivor's guilt, suicide, dysfunctional family relationships, and other mature themes. The importance of grieving, sharing feelings, and healing is also highlighted.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A party features drinking and drunken behavior. Whiskey consumption is visible. Dr. Berger smokes cigarettes.

  • 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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