2014 R 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD

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2014 R 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD
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In his directing debut, TV host Jon Stewart chronicles the 118-day detention and interrogation of journalist Maziar Bahari, who traveled to Iran to cover the country's 2009 presidential election and ended up being accused of espionage.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
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 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Rosewater, based on a memoir by journalist Maziar Bahari and written and directed by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, has some disturbing moments; a big chunk of the movie takes place in a prison, where detainees are beaten and mentally tortured. In a particularly harrowing sequence, the main character is led to believe that he's going to be shot. Other scenes are comprised of real-life news footage that shows demonstrators clashing with military personnel, who hit, kick, and shoot at them. There's some swearing, primarily "sh-t" and "f--k," and social drinking. Although the story is intense, its messages about finding personal strength and overcoming adversity are definitely worthwhile.

Sexual Content

Some flirtatious banter between husband and wife, plus other tender moments. A character describes sexy massages. A character is asked whether his Western magazines and movies are "porn."


News footage includes disturbing images of militia hitting people with sticks and shooting into crowds, with bloody bodies shown on the streets. A prisoner is subjected to mental, emotional, and physical abuse under interrogation. In one scene, a man beats him up, kicking him while he's down. In another, he's made to believe he's about to be shot (it's a particularly harrowing moment).


Strong but relatively infrequent language includes multiple uses of both "s--t" and "f--k." Also "a--hole."

Social Behavior

Nobody can defeat you unless you let them, and you're a lot stronger than you think you are, especially if you hold on to humor and hope. Illustrates the importance of democracy and having a voice in how your country is governed -- and of not being afraid to tell the truth and to report the truth (i.e. ethical journalism).


Brands/products seen or mentioned include Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Newsweek, Honda, and Nescafe.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A journalist is shown taking swigs out of a bottle after a particularly hard time. Some social drinking. Discussion of a leader possibly giving addicts money to buy opium.

  • 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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