The Fountain

2006 PG-13 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

The Fountain

2006 PG-13 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this sci-fi drama that spans a millennium, a man searches for a tree believed to grant eternal life in 16th-century Spain; seeks a cure for his wife's cancer as a present-day scientist; and traverses the universe as a 26th-century astronaut.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.77:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, French: DTS 5.1 Surround
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: 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 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this cryptic, complicated sci-fi epic probably won't be on most kids' must-see lists. The tricky plot unfolds simultaneously in the 16th, 21st, and 26th centuries and is sometimes slow to reveal itself, so younger viewers might get bored. There are some bloody killings (with spears, guns, and swords) and a brief sequence showing torture during the Spanish Inquisition. The science fiction scenes are sometimes abstract (a spaceship shaped like a sphere), while the present-day laboratory scenes show surgery on a monkey's brain. A bathtub sex scene is passionate and moving, though not explicit. Some strong language.

Sexual Content

The film's primary sex scene occurs in bathtub (naked woman, clothed man, camera pulls out as they embrace passionately); the queen offers herself to Tomas ("I shall be your Eve").


The movie opens with a dark jungle battle scene, initiating a repeated assault scene (bloody death by spear); painful self-tatooing; surgery on a monkey's brain (open skull shown); bloody wounds on a back; Inquistor tortures "heretics" (flagellation, hang victims by their feet); stain on a map suggests blood; a brain tumor causes seizure; upsetting death scene in hospital; emotional scenes with tree (cutting the tree, tree crashing to ground).


One "f--k," plus mild other language ("s--t," "old fart").

Social Behavior

Thematic focus on human arrogance in science, religion, and war; characters argue, regret it, and vow improved behavior.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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