The Canyons

2013 NR 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Canyons

2013 NR 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD
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While calculating young movie producer Christian makes films to keep his trust fund intact, his actress girlfriend, Tara, hides an affair. But a chance meeting thrusts them into a violent, sexually charged tour through the dark side of human nature.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • James Deen
  • Gus Van Sant
  • Nolan Gerard Funk
  • Amanda Brooks
  • Tenille Houston
  • Victor of Aquitaine
  • Jarod Einsohn
  • Lauren Schacher
  • Philip Pavel
  • Alex Ashbaugh
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Canyons is a very sexually explicit drama about unpleasant, self-centered people who are vaguely involved in the Los Angeles film industry. It stars James Deen, a real-life porn star, and Lindsay Lohan, who's better known these days for her off-screen mishaps -- stunt casting that's generated plenty of buzz for a bleak film about unlikable characters. Expect plenty of male and female nudity and graphic sex scenes, lots of drinking, some violence, and strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more), as well as some drug use.

Sexual Content

Several explicit scenes include full male and female nudity. Extended graphic sequences with a variety of sexual activities, including intercourse, oral sex, and group sex.


Someone is murdered, with blood shown on clothes. Several intense arguments between couples. Two men get into a shoving match that leaves one on the ground. A man menaces his girlfriend, yelling at her and threatening to hit her.


Many scenes include swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch" "d--k," and more.

Social Behavior

It's difficult to find a positive message in a film that focuses on selfish and narcissistic characters who use each other at every point and still manage to get away without any kind of repercussion.


Though few brands are actually visible, the main characters enjoy the trappings of wealth, including fancy cars, stunning homes, and the latest high-tech gadgets.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Many scenes show people drinking beer, wine, tequila, and other hard drinks at restaurants, bars, parties, or just hanging out at home. Few social encounters take place without alcohol as the lubricant. Some people smoke cigarettes, and one scene includes cocaine.

  • 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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