2015 R 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD

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2015 R 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD
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Revealing a string of cover-ups stretching back decades, a team of "Boston Globe" reporters exposes the Catholic Archdiocese's history of keeping reports about child molestation and other priest-initiated abuse under wraps.
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 Spotlight chronicles the events leading up to the Boston Globe's trailblazing articles, published in 2002, about Boston priests abusing children -- and the perpetrators' superiors covering it up. It's an intense subject, and characters discuss the wrongs that were done to them with much pain and discomfort, which isn't easy to watch, but the movie ultimately offers valuable messages about the importance of exposing wrongs and making those who abuse their power accountable for their crimes. Expect some swearing (mostly "s--t") and verbal sexual references, loud arguing, and somewhat graphic (and definitely disturbing) accounts of kids being abused, as well as hints of their reliance on drugs and alcohol. Characters are also seen smoking.

Sexual Content

Some spoken sexual references/terms. But, really, the only content in the film related to sex is violent in nature (details in "Violence" section).


Fairly graphic descriptions of children being sexually molested and assaulted and suffering physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual abuse. Some yelling in intense scenes.


Language isn't constant but includes "a--hole," "s--t," and "f--k."

Social Behavior

The truth must be told, no matter how unpleasant or painful. Those who abuse their power must be brought to justice. Journalists play an important, necessary role in exposing what some might prefer to keep hidden.


A few brands/labels seen, including Toyota.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A character smokes in one scene; in another, a man glimpses track marks (from drug use) on someone.

  • 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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