The Congress

2014 NR 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD

The Congress

2014 NR 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD
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Actress Robin Wright plays herself in this surreal drama about a film star who agrees to have her digital image recorded for reuse in future films. Despite the handsome payoff, Robin begins to recognize some unforeseen consequences of the deal.
Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David
Ari Folman
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA. NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Congress is an offbeat, partly animated film that examines the cost of allowing all-powerful business interests to take over every aspect of life. Robin Wright plays an actress with the same name who's offered the chance to let a big movie studio "scan" her body and emotions for use in other projects. Some of the animated sequences include graphic violence (with some blood) and sex (including bare breasts), and there's a good deal of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," etc.). Characters also drink and use substances. Just because it's animated, don't assume this complex tale is for kids.

Sexual Content

One animated scene features a couple having sex. It's relatively long and somewhat graphic, showing plenty of intertwined limbs, vigorous motions, and the woman's breasts.


Several extended animated scenes feature invading armies engaged in close combat. People are shot at point-blank range, there are plenty of explosions, and there's a good deal of blood and gore that's still intense even though it's animated. Many of the soldiers wear gas masks and other gear that looks especially intimidating.


Fairly frequent swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more.

Social Behavior

Reality is better than living in a fantasy world, even if the imaginary realm offers the chance to permanently avoid a bleak, grim life. That's a tough lesson to learn for many of the characters here, who spend a good deal of time enjoying the pleasures of an animated simulation of life before realizing that real life is a better choice. Still, there can be reasons why escaping back into the fantasy version has its appeal. The story also raises questions related to ownership of your own body and feelings that are relevant in the digital age.


The villain of the film is the movie studio Miramax, which is often mentioned by name.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some characters drink during meals and at social occasions. Much of the film is based on the concept of people using chemical substances to permanently escape into a fantasy land. The animated characters also drink and consume other substances, which often have very unusual effects.

  • 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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