The Gambler

2014 R 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD

The Gambler

2014 R 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD
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Jim Bennett is living two distinct lives: Besides working as a college professor, he's a compulsive gambler who's deeply in debt to a loan shark. While scrambling to save his skin, Jim also becomes involved with one of his students.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
French, Portuguese, English
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Gambler is a remake of a same-named 1974 drama and stars Mark Wahlberg. Expect some violence -- punching, fighting, and a little blood, as well as shouting and arguing and general tension. Language is extremely strong, with multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Topless women are seen in a strip club, and the main character kisses one of his students, with implied sex. The main character also drinks heavily and passes out. The movie has enough detail to be considered a cautionary tale against gambling, but at the same time it makes gambling look dangerously alluring. And even though the main character is a much-liked professor, he's in no way a positive role model.

Sexual Content

In a strip club, women's naked breasts are shown. Kissing and implied sex between a professor and a student.


A character is tied up in a chair and punched in the face. Fighting, punching. Some blood. General tension, shouting, arguing, and anxiety.


Very strong, constant language: "f--k," "s--t," "piss," "motherf----r," "a--hole," "p---y," "scumbag."

Social Behavior

A bit of warning against excessive gambling, although the main character escapes from his life-or-death scrape by a hair's breadth and pays no consequences for his actions. (The movie even celebrates him being totally broke.)


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The main character drinks a bottle of alcohol and passes out in his home.

  • 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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