2014 R 1h 45m DVD


2014 R 1h 45m DVD
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Devastated over his son's death, former ad exec Sam removes himself from society to drink away his grief. When he summons the will to perform his son's songs at a local bar, the music gains popularity and Sam claims to have written the tunes himself.
Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, William H. Macy
William H. Macy
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Rudderless takes place in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy (a college shooting), and the main character is in full retreat from the world. Once a successful executive, he's now living on a small boat, painting houses and drinking most days, trying to assuage the memory of his beloved son. He gets quite drunk on many occasions; some scenes also feature people smoking pot. Expect lots of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more) and some emotionally complex and heavy themes -- all of which make Rudderless best for older teens and up.

Sexual Content

A shy young man flirts tentatively with a group of girls. Couples are shown kissing in the background at a party.


A man tries to kiss his employee while drunk; she rebuffs him, swatting him away. Two men get into a brief scuffle that leaves one with a black eye. The film revolves around an act of senseless violence that's never seen but often discussed.


Frequent swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," and "balls."

Social Behavior

Sometimes it's hard to face deeply unpleasant truths, but pretending they don't exist doesn't make it so. Sam spends a good portion of the film hiding from a tragic incident in the recent past; he's only able to move forward with his life when he acknowledges what happened.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

After a tragedy, the main character retreats from life and becomes a semi-functional alcoholic. He drinks, beer, whine, whisky, and plenty of other things and gets pretty drunk in several scenes. A few sequences also show people smoking pot.

  • 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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