The Life Before Her Eyes

2007 R 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Life Before Her Eyes

2007 R 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD
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As the anniversary of a high school shooting approaches, a young woman flashes back to a time when she dreamed of leaving her small town behind for bigger things. Drifting between past and present, she wonders whether she can live with her choice.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
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+
  • Uma Thurman
  • Evan Rachel Wood
  • Eva Amurri Martino
  • Gabrielle Brennan
  • Brett Cullen
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Molly Price
  • Lynn Cohen
  • Maggie Lacey
  • John Magaro
  • Isabel Keating
  • Nathalie Paulding
  • James Urbaniak
  • Brian M. Wixson
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this R-rated drama, which may interest teens thanks to starlets Evan Rachel Wood and Eva Amurri, explores dark, disturbing themes. The story revolves around a woman still haunted by a mass shooting at her high school; scenes from the tragedy are shown repeatedly, with plenty of blood and gore and very realistic scenes of the teen gunman shooting at victims. A teen gets an abortion, and there's also a fair amount of swearing, some suggestive scenes (one involving a couple in a swimming pool), and some underage drinking and smoking.

Sexual Content

A teen couple is shown making out, and it's implied that they have sex -- the girl winds up pregnant. Two 17-year-old girls engage in frank discussions about boys and sex; one describes herself as a "whore" and seems to be acting out. She also jokes about seducing an older professor at a local college.


The film deals with a Columbine-like mass shooting at a high school and shows how events unfold as the gunman goes on his rampage. There's plenty of bloodshed, as well as the disturbing sounds of people shrieking and dying. Some close-ups of the gunman pointing his weapon at victims' faces.


Language includes "s--t," "p---y," and "f--kheads."

Social Behavior

The film itself is ultimately quite moving, but the lead-up to the final moment includes a violent school shooting by a gunman who seems far from remorseful. Also, best friends say harsh things to each other, hurting each other's feelings and threatening their friendship. A teen gets an abortion.


Some signage (Brooks Pharmacy, Hillview High School), but nothing excessive.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A teen is shown smoking pot and cigarettes. Some are also shown drinking.

  • 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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