2015 R 2h 9m DVD


2015 R 2h 9m DVD
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Estranged from his parents, young Danny finds a home in Greenwich Village's close-knit gay community, where he gets caught up in a violent protest that would go down in history as the catalyst for the LGBT rights movement.
Ron Perlman, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Jeremy Irvine, Joey King, Matt Craven, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Roland Emmerich
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, 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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Stonewall is a fictional drama about the hustling, homeless street kids involved in the real-life 1969 riots in New York City that sparked the gay-rights movement. Given the "free love" vibe of the era it's set in, you can expect a lot of sex and language, from scenes of hustlers performing sex acts for money to same-sex couples kissing and making love. The sex scenes aren't explicit, but they occasionally include brief partial nudity from the side or back. Language includes plenty of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and anti-gay slurs. It's worth noting that members of the LGBTQ community have criticized the film and its director, Roland Emmerich (who is gay), for focusing the movie on a fictional straight-seeming white gay teen instead of on actual people involved in the Stonewall riots.

Sexual Content

Several scenes of kissing, hustling (performing sexual acts for money), and having sex. Most of the scenes are silhouetted or otherwise non-explicit, like when Danny sees that in a dark alley, dozens of couples are having sex. During oral sex scenes, the camera cuts to the face of the recipient. Partial nudity -- one scene shows a man naked from behind, and in other scenes men are shown stripped down to their underwear.


Cops brutally beat gay men with sticks and threaten to force them to perform sexual acts. Unseen customers beat up hustling teen boys. The police forcefully arrest protestors, who are also being violent toward the police and even light the club on fire.


Frequent use of strong language, including "f--k," "f---tard," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "motherf--ker," and many homophobic insults: "f----t," "dyke," "queen," etc. Also "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation.

Social Behavior

Shows the necessity of anti-discrimination laws and the value of support systems. Encourages action to protest unsafe and unfair conditions and situations.


Coca-Cola, Sprite.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults and teens drink and smoke and do drugs in the clubs, streets, and just hanging out in the Village.

  • 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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