The Benefactor

2016 NR 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Benefactor

2016 NR 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD
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Driven by a perceived need to make amends for the deaths of his two best friends in a tragic auto accident, an eccentric philanthropist inserts himself into the lives of the dead couple's daughter and her new husband.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Benefactor is a psychological drama about a rich, painkiller-addicted philanthropist (Richard Gere) who has a close but dysfunctional friendship with a young married couple he's taken under his wing. The mature content includes frequent substance use/abuse, including three friends sharing a joint while driving, an older man drinking until drunkenness, two men taking Ecstasy, a man abusing a controlled opiate for which he no longer has a prescription, and adults smoking cigarettes. In addition to substance use, there's frequent strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "ass," "p---y," "a--hole," etc.) and a scene in which it seems like a man is going to proposition another man for a sexual favor (but instead it's for an illegal prescription). The movie could prompt conversations about nepotism and when it's wiser not to accept others' generosity because there might be invisible strings attached.

Sexual Content

A married couple embraces and kisses; a man discusses how much he loved a woman. Women at a gentlemen's club are dressed sexily and are shown dancing for men.


Fatal car accident at the beginning of the movie; an injured character holds dying, bloody (and then dead) bodies that are visible as he sobs. An injured man stares at his scars more than once. A man grabs another man roughly but doesn't actually hit him.


Many uses of "f---k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "p---y," "a--hole," and more.

Social Behavior

Encourages caution when accepting extreme generosity -- just because you feel in someone's debt doesn't mean you should break your moral or ethical code to help them. Shows how money, power, and influence don't translate into happiness, friendship, or fulfillment. Stresses that just because you're a philanthropist, that doesn't make you a good person; it just means you have money to give and know how to give it.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Franny is addicted to painkillers and drinks a lot; he usually mixes liquor and painkillers. He also takes Ecstasy in one scene and smokes cigarettes.

  • 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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