The Ides of March

2011 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Ides of March

2011 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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Dirty tricks stand to soil an ambitious young press spokesman's idealism in a cutthroat presidential campaign where "victory" is relative. The film is inspired by the real-life experiences of an aide who worked on Howard Dean's failed 2004 run.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Spanish (Neutral), English, English SDH
English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2:40:1
Spanish (Neutral), English, English SDH
English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, English: DTS-HD Master Audio, 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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this engrossing, well-acted thriller paints an ugly picture of the political landscape; prepare to be disenchanted (if you aren't already). Teens drawn to the movie by co-star Ryan Gosling's presence may find it very cynical, insidery, and heavy-handed, unless they're students of election cycles. Expect frequent swearing ("d--k," "f--k," and more), heated verbal exchanges, a suicide (not graphic), and sexual content (including some suggested steaminess and references to affairs and their aftermath).

Sexual Content

Two colleagues sleep together; the audience sees close-up camera shots that hint at nudity, but no sensitive body parts are shown. Sexual banter. A liaison between a married man and a woman who works for him is discussed, and its unintended consequence has to be undone.


Verbal clashes are so stinging that they stun. A woman commits suicide.


Frequent use of strong words such as "f--k," "d--k," "a--hole," "s--t," "prick," "c--k," "t-ts," "hell," "crap," "damn," "goddamn," and more.

Social Behavior

The movie is a pretty jaded look at the political and electoral process. If there's any positive message, it's that if you sacrifice your principles, you lose a piece of yourself.


Logos for Nokia and GMC are visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking by adults in bars; references to drugs, being drunk, and overdosing.

  • 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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