Pearl Jam Twenty

2011 NR 1h 59m DVD

Pearl Jam Twenty

2011 NR 1h 59m DVD
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Veteran rock band Pearl Jam celebrates its 20th anniversary with a documentary bio that recounts the group's turbulent history and internal struggles. Never-before-seen material culled from 1,200 hours of film captures the band from all perspectives.
Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, Jack Irons, Pearl Jam
Cameron Crowe
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the DVD version of the film includes audible swearing ("f--k" and "s--t"), but cursing was edited out to keep bleeping to a minimum for the PBS broadcast version. There's also some discussion of drug use, but usually in the context of negative consequences (overdoses, etc.), along with scant shots of social drinking and, in one brief case, a band member smoking marijuana. Interviews include mentions of fellow rocker Kurt Cobain's suicide and the death of several fans at a Pearl Jam concert.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Discussion of Kurt Cobain's suicide and an incident in which fans were injured and killed at a concert.


On the DVD version, audible words include "f--k" and "s--t"; in the PBS broadcast version cursing was edited out to keep bleeping to a minimum.

Social Behavior

Big themes include the pressures of fame and the commercialization of art, but it's discussed by the artist and others in a thoughtful, serious way. The overall message is that the band members stayed true to their art, no matter what direction the "market" was taking them, in such a way that their decisions still resulted in widespread success and respect.


Aside from promoting the band itself, the film briefly mentions brands like Perry Ellis and Ticketmaster.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

References to rehab and discussion of drug use, but in the context of negative consequences with a cautionary tone. Some social drinking on camera, with one shot of a band member smoking marijuana.

  • 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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