The Boys Are Back

2009 PG-13 1h 44m DVD

The Boys Are Back

2009 PG-13 1h 44m DVD
  • Overview
  • Details
Following the sudden death of his wife, Australian sportswriter Joe Warr struggles to cope with his grief and comfort his young son. Being a single father gets even trickier when Joe's rebellious teenage son from a previous marriage moves in.
Clive Owen, Emma Booth, Laura Fraser, George MacKay, Nicholas McAnulty, Julia Blake, Chris Haywood, Erik Thomson, Natasha Little, Emma Lung
Scott Hicks
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Boys Are Back is a moving drama about profound loss experienced by both adults and children -- subject matter that could easily overwhelm younger kids and tweens. A mother's death is depicted onscreen, as is her family's unraveling soon after she's gone. But though the journey to healing is messy -- a widower makes some questionable parenting choices in the wake of his loss -- healing does happen, and it's affecting to watch. Expect some swearing ("s--t" is the strongest word used), drinking, and kissing/flirting between adults.

Sexual Content

A married couple kisses and flirts with each other. A man and a woman get their signals crossed about what's developing between them.


A teen, filled with frustration and anger, throws plates and other dishes to the floor. Later, destructive teens swarm a house and have a party against its residents' will.


Regular (though not overly frequent) use of words like "hell," "ass," "bugger," "bloody," "sodding," "oh my God," and, on occasion, "s--t."

Social Behavior

The film truthfully portrays mourning, and it's almost refreshing to see the bumps not completely glossed over. It's heartening to witness Joe's efforts at becoming the father he needs to be when he himself is stricken with grief, as well as Harry's and Artie's burgeoning bond. That said, Harry does embrace some traditional opinions about how men and women handle emotions.


In some scenes, logos for athletes' sponsors are shown.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Overcome with grief, a man starts drinking too much. In one scene, he grabs an entire bottle of wine and drinks to oblivion.

  • 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.

How it works

  • 1

    Create your list

    Browse from thousands of movies and shows.

  • 2

    Free delivery

    We send out your disc the next business day.

  • 3

    Watch and repeat

    Free returns, plus no due dates or late fees.

Unlimited movies sent to your door, starting at $9.99 a month.