The Paper Chase

1973 PG 1h 51m DVD

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The Paper Chase

1973 PG 1h 51m DVD
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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.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

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 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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