The Confirmation

2016 PG-13 1h 41m DVD

The Confirmation

2016 PG-13 1h 41m DVD
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When boozy carpenter Walt is offered a job, he thinks his bad luck may be changing -- only to find that someone has pilfered his toolbox. As Walt sets out with his estranged young son to hunt down the culprit, the pair unexpectedly form a bond.
Clive Owen, Maria Bello, Patton Oswalt, Jaeden Lieberher, Matthew Modine, Stephen Tobolowsky, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Forster
Bob Nelson
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Confirmation is a serious film that deals with the struggles of an out-of-work, alcoholic deadbeat dad (Clive Owen) who's desperately fighting to remain sober so he can stay in his 8-year-old son's life. The boy, who watches his father succumb to alcohol withdrawal while his mom is away for a weekend, takes charge of his father's care, even though he barely understands what's going on. A sense that the boy might not be safe in the dad's company quickly gives way to an ultimately hopeful story about the father's commitment to gradual redemption, one human step at a time; his journey includes themes of empathy, courage, and kindness. That said, although the dad eventually becomes more responsible, his lapses in judgment include trying to steal back some stolen property and calling his ex-wife's new husband a "puss." Other language includes infrequent use of words like "s--tty" and "ass," and there are scenes involving punching and a gun being pulled. Reference to a character using drugs.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Two men punch another when something is stolen. A man pulls a gun on Walt when he accuses him of stealing his tools but puts it down when he sees Walt is no real threat.


Infrequent use of words including "s--ty," "ass," "puss," "go fish yourself," "screwed up."

Social Behavior

Try your best. It's never too late to straighten out your life. Appreciate what others do for you, even if what they do isn't ultimately all that helpful.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Walt is an alcoholic going through withdrawal. A minor character admits he uses "meth." A boy matter-of-factly refers to his "passed out" dad.

  • 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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