The Angels' Share

2012 NR 1h 41m DVD

The Angels' Share

2012 NR 1h 41m DVD
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After avoiding jail, Robbie vows to turn his life around for his newborn son. He has a talent for discerning fine whiskeys, and he and his community service cohorts hatch a plan to lift a few expensive bottles to buy themselves a better future.
Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, William Ruane, Jasmin Riggins, Scott Dymond, Roger Allam
Ken Loach
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Angels' Share was directed by UK filmmaker Ken Loach, who's known for his realistic portraits of the working class. This one is less grim than many of his other works, with plenty of comedy (and some crime) to lighten up the dreary realism. Language is the strongest issue, with frequent uses of "f--k" and "c--t," as well as other words. Whisky is part of the plot; characters enjoy the smells and taste of it, though getting drunk isn't the point. Bullies are also part of the plot, and there are some brief but intense fighting scenes. There's no real sex or sexuality, other than the fact that the hero's girlfriend is pregnant and has a baby. The characters resort to crime with no consequences -- but despite their behavior, they seem to have good hearts and are very compassionate and likeable.

Sexual Content

The main character's girlfriend is pregnant. She has the baby during the course of the story, though it's not shown.


The main character is relentlessly picked on by a bully. Brief but intense fist fights and throwing of blunt objects in the streets. Minor wounds. Some minor arguing and threats from time to time.


Very strong language throughout, including almost constant use of "f--k" and "c--t" (the latter of which is a casual slang word in the UK).

Social Behavior

A young man tries to do right by his girlfriend and his newborn child; that involves developing a new skill -- but he ultimately uses his new knowledge for stealing and swindling to earn money. There's some evidence of teamwork, but it's more comical than genuine.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The movie has a lot in it about fine whisky and whisky tasting. The characters learn about the making of whisky and its finer qualities; the focus is not on getting drunk. One minor character drinks the "spit bucket" during a tasting session; the act results in repulsion.

  • 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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