Too Big to Fail

2011 TV-MA 1h 38m DVD

Too Big to Fail

2011 TV-MA 1h 38m DVD
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Based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's best-selling nonfiction book about the 2008 financial crisis, this HBO original movie portrays the players and processes that contributed to the collapse of the U.S. economy and led to a lingering recession.
James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt, Erin Dilly, Amy Carlson, Topher Grace, Ayad Akhtar, Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Baker, Ed Asner, Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, Michael O'Keefe
Curtis Hanson
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Too Big to Fail is a riveting play-by-play of the economic meltdown of 2008 and the collusion between Wall Street and the United States Department of Treasury. There's frequent use of "f--k," and the discussions about what caused the collapse will probably be too complex and boring for younger viewers, but for older kids and families interested in contemporary history -- or for families who experienced economic hardship as a direct result of the myopic greed of the financial sector -- Too Big to Fail is an informative and entertaining account of how the stock market crash and subsequent government bailouts transpired.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Not applicable


Frequent use of "f--k."

Social Behavior

The depiction of the government and Wall Street's attempt to stave off the collapse of the U.S. economy is informative and supports the idea that knowing more about history and government is a good thing, but the decisions that government and business made during these critical times seem to serve the wealthy and powerful more than the average person.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters are shown smoking outside of a building. An adult character sits alone drinking from a bottle of alcohol while watching the news.

  • 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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