The Normal Heart

2014 TV-MA 2h 12m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Normal Heart

2014 TV-MA 2h 12m Blu-ray / DVD
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This adaptation of Larry Kramer's riveting stage drama is a love story set against the dark background of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, centering on a gay activist who tries to raise public awareness but encounters myriad obstacles.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 17 & under
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the thought-provoking The Normal Heart candidly explores the early years of the HIV/AIDS crisis with jarring scenes involving illness and death, unbleeped language (including "f--k"), and simulated sex (including full-frontal nudity and sex with multiple partners). There's also some social drinking along with depictions of recreational drug use, but those elements aren't the focus.

Sexual Content

Sex is simulated but highly realistic, with bare buttocks and occasional frontal nudity. One scene includes a public sex act involving multiple partners, and another takes place in a bathhouse.


Characters undergo shocking physical changes over the course of their illnesses, and death is a common theme. There's some blood as well as other visible bodily fluids, but it's realistic rather than excessive.


Unbleeped strong language includes words such as "f--k," "s--t," and "c--k."

Social Behavior

The overall tone is far from rosy, but the piece explores thought-provoking themes such as sex versus love, promiscuity versus monogamy, bravery, honesty, and discrimination -- and characters talking openly about these issues helps drive messages home to the viewer.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking, sometimes to excess, with brief depictions of recreational drug use.

  • 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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