The Night Listener

2006 R 1h 21m DVD

The Night Listener

2006 R 1h 21m DVD
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Writer and radio host Gabriel Noone receives a manuscript from a troubled young fan. Despite his friends' warnings, the fragile Gabriel develops an unsettling relationship with the boy and his blind guardian.
Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Rory Culkin, Joe Morton, Bobby Cannavale, Sandra Oh, John Cullum
Patrick Stettner
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French
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+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the movie is not for kids. It alludes to a child's sexual abuse in language and impressionistic, somewhat hectic visuals. Characters talk explicitly about sex (specifically, gay sexual activity and desire). An unhappy writer misses his boyfriend, then develops a friendship with a boy he never meets. Characters lie to one another, sometimes maliciously, sometimes out of seeming illness. A couple of arguments end in minor violence (pushing and shoving). Characters are depressed, physically ill, and mean to one another. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink.

Sexual Content

Brief, subjective shots from child's POV of sexual abuse in scary basement; gay couple discusses relationship using sexual and pejorative slang ("fag," "d--k-smoker"); couple of shots of a Playboy magazine.


During escape from authorities, Gabriel hurts his leg in a stairwell; during struggle, woman pulls man into street with her, hoping both will be hit by truck.


Frequent uses of f-word, "s--t," "a--hole," slang for genitals and sex acts.

Social Behavior

Writer questions his own use of other people's lives; character appears to lie about the existence of a little boy.


Background logo (Coca-Cola).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking (beer and liquor, once to drunken, self-pitying state); ashtray full of cigarettes; Gabriel smokes cigarette.

  • 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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