The Music Never Stopped

2011 PG 1h 45m DVD

The Music Never Stopped

2011 PG 1h 45m DVD
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Nearly 20 years after their son ran away from home, his estranged parents learn he has a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. Desperate to reconnect, the father realizes the best way is through the classic rock music he despises.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that even though this drama about the difficult relationship between a father who still carries anger from the past and a son who suffers from a debilitating neurological condition is rated PG, it's more likely to interest mature teens and adults than younger kids. That said, there's not too much iffy stuff to worry about: sparing use of a few swear words ("a--hole," "s--t," "damn"), a guarded reference to a first sexual experience, some flirting and embracing, etc. There are references to being "stoned" and possible drug use, but nothing is shown. In scenes that flash back to the 1960s, there's some cigarette smoking, teens included.

Sexual Content

A guarded reference to a first sexual experience; some warm embraces.


Not applicable


Infrequent cursing includes one use each of "a--hole," "oh s--t," "go to hell," and "goddamn."

Social Behavior

The movie has strong positive take-aways, including: A loving bond once formed between a father and son can surmount even the most difficult situations. Open-mindedness leads to acceptance -- or at least understanding -- of others' values. And when dealing with a devastating illness or condition, it's worthwhile to explore new and innovative treatments.


A commercial for Coca-Cola is used as a story point, when the brain-damaged young man remembers the slogan. Several 1960s record labels are visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A couple of references to being "stoned" and possible past drug use. In flashbacks to 1960s, characters -- including teens -- are seen smoking. A couple drinks wine with dinner.

  • 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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