The Way

2010 PG-13 2h 1m DVD

The Way

2010 PG-13 2h 1m DVD
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When his son dies while hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, a grieving father flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child's life, he decides to complete the 500-mile trek to Spain.
Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick van Wageningen, James Nesbitt, Romy Baskerville, Renée Estevez, David Alexanian, Tchéky Karyo, Spencer Garrett, Antonio Gil-Martinez, Carlos Leal, Simón Andreu, Santi Prego
Emilio Estevez
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Way -- a drama about a father's grief after his grown son is accidentally killed during a journey in Europe -- isn't likely to have much appeal for younger kids or tweens. The subject matter is mature, the action much more internal than external, and the pace is deliberate and reflective. Lots of wine is consumed during meals in the Spanish villages in which the story is set. One scene shows the drunken hero being taken to jail after a loud, angry rant. A principal character frequently smokes marijuana and offers it to his companions. Cigarette smoking is pervasive. A female reveals that she reluctantly "terminated" a pregnancy some years earlier.

Sexual Content

In the background of one scene, a man is wearing a thong.


The main character is forcibly escorted to a police station after drunkenly resisting police officers. In other action scenes, he scuffles with a woman, and she slaps him; he also jumps in a turbulent river to retrieve his backpack, and he chases a young thief.


Occasional swearing: "ass," "piss," "hell," "son of a bitch," "Christ," and "crap."

Social Behavior

The Way stresses the healing and inspirational power of travel, friendship, and life's simplest pleasures. "You don't choose a life, you live one."


The North Face brand is visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Many scenes show weary travelers drinking wine at the end of each day, usually along with a meal. One sequence finds the main character getting very drunk, behaving badly, and ultimately being taken to the police station because of his conduct. A traveler from Holland frequently uses marijuana and offers it (as well as sleeping aids) to others on the journey. A woman smokes cigarettes heavily and talks about the need to quit.

  • 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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