The Program

2016 R 1h 43m DVD

The Program

2016 R 1h 43m DVD
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For years, journalist David Walsh doggedly pursued his conviction that bicycle racer Lance Armstrong was using performance-enhancing drugs. In 2012, Armstrong's admission of guilt finally confirmed Walsh's claims. This docudrama tells their story.
Dustin Hoffman, Denis Ménochet, Sam Hoare, Chris O'Dowd, Peter Wight, Laura Donnelly, Guillaume Canet, Lee Pace, Elaine Cassidy, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Edward Hogg
Stephen Frears
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Program is a biopic about once-acclaimed bicycle racer Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster). The movie follows the trajectory of Armstrong's career as he wins the grueling Tour de France an unprecedented seven times -- all the while, it turns out, depending on performance-enhancing drugs. Many scenes show Armstrong and his fellow athletes getting shots and taking IV drugs to boost their riding abilities, but in the end the message is that the truth will eventually come out, and cheaters don't come out ahead. Expect some social drinking and strong language (mostly "s--t" and "f--k"). If parents watch with their teens, the movie could serve as an entry point to discuss the consequences of drug use.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A few sequences show harrowing bicycle crashes at high speed. Some yelling/heated arguments.


Language includes "s--t" and "f--k."

Social Behavior

The truth will eventually come out, no matter how hard people try to hide things; the bigger the deception, the more likely it is to be revealed. In the end, cheaters don't come out ahead.


Armstrong's team sponsors, Morotola and U.S. Postal Service, are named and shown frequently. Other sponsors' logos are also shown, including American Airlines.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking at meals and pubs. The bulk of the movie is about bicycle racers taking performance-enhancing drugs; many scenes show them taking shots or getting IV treatments, and even more show them lying about it and planning how to hide it.

  • 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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