Stephanie Daley

2006 R 1h 31m DVD

Stephanie Daley

2006 R 1h 31m DVD
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Hilary Brougher's drama follows pregnant forensic psychologist Lydie Crane (Tilda Swinton) as she investigates a case in which 16-year-old Stephanie Daley (Amber Tamblyn) is accused of hiding her pregnancy, giving birth and then murdering her baby. In investigating Daley's alleged crime, Crane, who recently suffered a pregnancy loss, comes face-to-face with her own grief. Timothy Hutton and Denis O'Hare co-star.
Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn, Timothy Hutton, Denis O'Hare, Melissa Leo, Jim Gaffigan, Kel O'Neill, Neal Huff, Vincent Piazza, Halley Feiffer
Hilary Brougher
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this affecting indie drama tackles the subject of teen pregnancy with frankness and near-complete honesty, which may make it overwhelming for teens, since nothing is sugar-coated. Nevertheless, it does so with an admirable lack of judgment, instead presenting the story with its sometimes-overwhelming complexity and sadness intact. It's a heavy movie, one that may bring on more questions than answers, and disturbing questions at that. There's some swearing, drinking, and sexuality, but the sobering subject matter is the big issue here.

Sexual Content

No out-and-out nudity, but a teen boy skillfully persuades Stephanie into having sex -- an act that ends in a discomfortingly aloof manner. Some kissing and petting.


Stephanie gives birth in a bathroom stall, and the frightening experience marches across her face. Blood coats her fingers and clothes. Lydie crashes into a deer.


Some uses of "s--t," along with the occasional "f--k."

Social Behavior

Very manipulative seduction scene; a married woman kisses her husband's friend; a married man appears to be having an affair (or is at least considering it); Stephanie gives birth in a bathroom and later discusses what she did with the baby.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Underage drinking and occasional marijuana use. Some discussion of drinking scotch, and pregnant Lydie holds a glass of wine and talks about missing drinking.

  • 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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