The Color of Time

2014 R 1h 13m DVD

The Color of Time

2014 R 1h 13m DVD
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Taking its title from a volume of poetry by Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams, this meditative cinematic tribute charts five decades in his colorful life and career, from his boyhood, adolescence and college days to his marriage and fatherhood.
James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Henry Hopper, Bruce Campbell, Zachary Unger
Edna Luise Biesold, Sarah-Violet Bliss, Gabrielle Demeestere, Alexis Gambis
Widescreen 1.85:1
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 The Color of Time is a dreamy, moody, non-linear, cinematic adaptation of the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams. The film was written and directed by a dozen New York University students, who cast their instructor -- actor James Franco -- as the poet-narrator. There's some drinking, smoking, and drug use (LSD), as well as a sex scene that leaves most of the encounter off screen (though there's some partial nudity) and brief swearing (including "f--k").

Sexual Content

One vignette centers around a vaguely seen sexual encounter. Partial nudity. Couples embrace and sometimes kiss.


Not applicable


Occasional profanity, including "f--k."

Social Behavior

The main character's varied experiences growing up help shape him into a poet.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Several scenes feature people smoking cigarettes or drinking at parties. One sequence centers on a character who appears to be taking LSD.

  • 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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