The Playroom

2013 NR 1h 23m DVD

The Playroom

2013 NR 1h 23m DVD
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During the tumultuous 1970s, teenager Maggie Harris is largely responsible for raising her three younger siblings while her unhappy parents drink away their angst. One night, their problems explode as they seek to escape their stultifying routine.
John Hawkes, Molly Parker, Olivia Harris, Cody Linley, Jonathon McClendon, Alexandra Doke, Ian Veteto, Jonathan Brooks, Lydia Mackay
Julia Dyer
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Playroom is an unnerving look at the "Me Decade," aka the 1970s, when people were encouraged to do whatever they wanted, even if they caused great harm to those around them. Over the course of one tumultuous night, teenage Maggie watches over her three younger siblings while her parents host another couple for a grown-up evening of drinking, flirting, and possibly more risque behavior -- which could threaten their family. A teen girl is shown topless in a scene in which she has sex for the first time, and there's kissing and fondling in other scenes as well. There are also several intense and very realistic arguments, as well as plenty of drinking and (era-accurate) smoking. Expect some swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t") during the characters' highly emotional conflicts.

Sexual Content

A girl is shown topless when a teenage couple has sex; the sequence includes a brief but frank discussion about birth control and the fact that it's her first time. A married woman flirts with another woman's husband, including kissing and some fondling. Two couples angrily talk about the fact that two of them are having an affair. In the morning, the four of them wake up in two beds, sleeping nude next to people who aren't their spouses.


Two men get into a fight, pushing and shoving each other across a room. Adults also get into heated screaming arguments that include throwing objects at others.


Occasional swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," and "bitch."

Social Behavior

Pretty bleak messages about parenthood and family. A teen girl is forced to become a surrogate parent when her parents are too absorbed in their own lives to pay attention to their children's needs. It's a heavy burden, and while she's mostly up to the task, it's clear she doesn't enjoy it and resents her parents for foisting it upon her.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults are shown drinking all through a long evening, starting the moment they walk in the door from work. By the end of the evening, some of them are pretty drunk. Some of them also smoke (accurate for the movie's era). A teen girl steals a cigarette from her mom and goes outside to smoke. Children clean up after their parents' wild night, putting away plenty of half-filled drink glasses and emptying very full ashtrays.

  • 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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