The Humbling

2014 R 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Humbling

2014 R 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD
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Adapted from a Philip Roth novel, this steamy drama follows an elderly, fading actor after he retires and moves to a farmhouse, where he develops a strange and intense relationship with a young woman.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Humbling stars Al Pacino as an aging actor who becomes involved with a much younger woman (Greta Gerwig). They have frank discussions about sex, especially her past relationships with women and her extensive collection of sex toys (in one scene she plays with one under the covers). There's kissing, and a threesome is depicted as a shadowy encounter. Expect moderate drinking and some swearing, including "f--k" and "s--t," plus one near-suicide and a description of sexual abuse. Several discussions center on a transsexual character's transition and gender identity.

Sexual Content

A couple talks frequently about their active sex life; it's not really shown on screen, but a threesome is depicted mostly as moving shadows. A woman has an extensive collection of sex toys, which are seen and described in a graphic, humorous way. In one scene she plays with one under the covers. Several discussions center on a character's gender identity. Kissing.


A couple engages in a bitter argument, with yelling and screaming. An actor engages in a violent act on stage that might not be in the script, possibly using a real weapon. A man comes close to killing himself with a shotgun, and a woman repeatedly talks about killing her husband. A woman describes seeing her daughter being sexually abused.


Frequent swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole."

Social Behavior

An aging, disconnected actor discovers new reasons to become interested in living life and pursuing meaningful work.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink wine and other alcoholic beverages at home, with meals, and in bars; nobody ever seems particularly drunk.

  • 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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