The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

2005 PG-13 1h 39m DVD

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

2005 PG-13 1h 39m DVD
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With 10 children to feed, postwar Ohio housewife Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) has gotten used to being resourceful, stretching her husband's meager salary to the limit. But when clipping coupons won't cut it, she's forced to rely on her creativity. Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern co-star in this uncommon comedy-drama based on a heartwarming memoir by Ryan's daughter, Terry, who recounts her mother's knack for winning contests.
Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Trevor Morgan, Jordan Todosey, Frank Chiesurin, Erik Knudsen, Melanie Tonello, Simon Reynolds, Colin Ford
Jane Anderson
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie includes several tense family scenes, specifically when the father is inebriated and the mother must smooth over his anger and ugliness in front of their children. At one point, furious that a son has had a car accident, the father starts hitting and chasing him through the house; and in an especially disturbing scene, following a brief struggle, the mother falls on glass milk bottles she's carrying, spilling milk and her blood (from the broken glass) all over the floor, as children look on and cry. The kids reveal their own fears and resentment, fretting that Mom will leave even for a day, and once singing a version of "Row your boat" where they imagine throwing Dad overboard "just to hear him scream."

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Mom is injured during a fall in the home (alarming her kids); dad becomes violent against furniture when drunk.


Some cursing, out of frustration and anger (including the f-word).

Social Behavior

Dad is a terrible model, depressed and abusive; mom is a "saint," kids are confused.


All about advertising: brands named include: Dial, Beechnut gum, Frigidaire, Parkay, Ritz crackers, Samonsite, Black Label beer, Dr. Pepper.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Dad is an unhappy, belligerent alcoholic.

  • 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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