2015 R 1h 33m DVD


2015 R 1h 33m DVD
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When Jackie's free-spirited son swaps college for the breakers of California, she decides to follow him west, hoping to mend fences between them. Soon after arriving, Jackie meets a young surfing instructor who helps her rediscover her sexuality.
Helen Hunt, Luke Wilson, Brenton Thwaites, David Zayas, Callum Keith Rennie, Elizabeth Jayne
Helen Hunt
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Ride is an independent drama about a helicopter mom who's having a tough time letting her 18-year-old son make his own decisions. Starring and written/directed by Helen Hunt, the film explores not only mother-son dynamics but also how moms need to take care of themselves and have lives separate from their children. The relationship drama includes some strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "bitch," etc.), a scene in which the mom smokes pot, and a couple of love scenes with kissing and bare backs/shoulders. Parents and teens who watch together will have the opportunity to discuss everything from college choices to the idea of working to live, rather than living to work.

Sexual Content

Adults kiss and have sex a couple of times; bare arms, backs, and a male chest are visible in the bedroom scene. A woman jokes that a man should use her for her body until she's ready to dump him. A mother allows her son to bring girlfriends back to their apartment, presumably to have sex.


A woman is stung by a jellyfish while surfing and requires someone to urinate on her foot.


A couple uses of "f--k," plus several of "s--t," "a--hole," "bulls--t," "bitch," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

Overall message is about learning to how to lead a life well lived -- "working to live" versus "living to work." Also a strong message about giving your kids the space they need to become independent adults (and taking the time you need for yourself, too).


Featured products include Apple (iPhone, MacBook Pro), Volvo, Quiksilver.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Jackie smokes marijuana that her son drops on the floor.

  • 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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