Based on Stewart O'Nan's novel, this indie drama from writer-director David Gordon Green intertwines parallel stories about teenager Arthur Parkinson (Michael Angarano) and the broken family of his former baby-sitter, Annie Marchand (Kate Beckinsale). Once the object of Arthur's boyhood infatuation, small-town waitress Annie heads down a fateful path after enduring a stormy relationship with her estranged spouse (Sam Rockwell).
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- David Gordon Green
RLanguage, some violent content, brief sexuality and drug use
Widescreen 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), English, FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; disc includes both Widescreen and Full Screen formats.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie has a violent ending that might disturb younger viewers. It explores themes of alcoholism, self harm, depression, infidelity, and the nature of violence. The contrast between sensual teenage discovery and adult acts of brutality may leave a lasting impression on sensitive viewers.
- Sexual Content
- Teen sex implied in scenes, but body parts not shown specifically. Infidelity is a theme here. Teenage boys briefly talk about porno movies.
- Gun violence in an emotionally intense scene. Self harm including hitting head against a truck.
- Annie yells at 3-year-old, saying "Dammit!" F-words used at various points.
- Social Behavior
- Glenn's emotional outbursts are terrifying. Infidelity among parents doesn't set a good example.
- Random shots of American life show people gassing up at the tank. This is more about the have-nots than the haves.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Arthur has "weed" on him, that teens smoke at a crucial moment in the film. Glenn abuses alcohol to the extreme.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it