The Squid and the Whale

2005 R 1h 21m Blu-ray / DVD

The Squid and the Whale

2005 R 1h 21m Blu-ray / DVD
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This insightful indie drama looks at the crumbling marriage between a self-centered novelist -- whose career is waning -- and his up-and-coming writer wife. Meanwhile, the warring couple's two sons are caught in the cross fire.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: 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 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a film for mature viewers, dealing with difficult emotional and moral themes. The family members are hurtful to one another, by deceit, betrayal, quarreling, and spitefulness. Characters smoke occasionally and drink frequently (an underage child drinks beer); one character vomits in a toilet. Most of the sexual content is narrated, as characters describe personal histories and desires, often with graphic language (slang for genitals, frequent uses of the f-word). Some characters engage in sexual activity (a college student kisses her teacher, young couple kisses, mom has affair with tennis pro, a shot from Blue Velvet shows breasts, a young boy masturbates on library books, wipes his semen on a locker, tries on a condom). Some minor violence, including brothers fighting, a wife slapping her estranged husband, an accidental bloody nose.

Sexual Content

Heavy sexual content, in verbal and visual forms (language includes slang for genitals and activity); masturbation by a young boy, who also tries on a condom; parents engage in adulterous affairs and talk about them; teacher tries to seduce his female student.


Some slapping, fighting, and emotionally distressed interactions.


Frequent uses of the f-word, plus sexual slang, s-word, "damn," "ass."

Social Behavior

Parents are cruel to one another.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frequent drinking and some smoking.

  • 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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