The Paper Chase
A hardworking first-year student at Harvard Law School struggles to win the respect of a brilliant but ruthless professor, but he finds himself under the microscope when he learns that the girl he's been dating is the professor's daughter.
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- James Bridges
- DVD and streaming
- 1974 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
- 1974 Academy Award®
- Best Supporting Actor: John Houseman
- Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
- Best Sound nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; commentary; trailers.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Paper Chase is a 1973 college drama that shows its age. While the content is relatively mild -- some discussions between couples in bed, a bit of swearing and drinking -- the story won't be of interest to most kids. Teens might be able to identify with academic pressures, plus the messages that knowledge is its own reward and one must work hard to achieve a difficult goal are all positives for this age group.
- Sexual Content
- A couple has numerous discussions in bed, nude, though no body parts are shown. They're sometimes seen kissing, but never more. Men are sometimes shown from the chest up, talking as they bathe together in a gym-style group shower. Men talk about being horny and trying to "get laid."
- Some heated bickering among stressed-out students preparing for finals. A man is said to have attempted suicide -- he's later seen to be fine, though obviously upset.
- Infrequent swearing, including "ass," "boobs," "s--t" and "piss."
- Social Behavior
- Knowledge is important. Great achievements take work. Learning is its own reward, and life is about more than just what happens in the classroom.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A few scenes feature people drinking liquor.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it