Under the Tuscan Sun

2003 PG-13 1h 53m DVD

Under the Tuscan Sun

2003 PG-13 1h 53m DVD
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After divorcing her cheating husband, Frances Mayes tries to overcome her depression and writer's block by taking a vacation to Tuscany. Charmed by the location, she impulsively decides to buy a villa there.
Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta, Mario Monicelli, Roberto Nobile, Anita Zagaria, Evelina Gori, Giulia Steigerwalt, Kate Walsh
Audrey Wells
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: 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 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this adult story of grown-up entanglements and expectations isn't too likely to engage kids or teens. A few scenes include partial nudity; others depict sexual foreplay, passionate kissing, embracing, and playful post-sexual behavior. Language includes one use of "f--k," several forms of "s--t," and a few other words. Not surprisingly for a movie set in Italy, the characters enjoy wine freely (mostly while eating), and background characters occasionally smoke cigarettes. The supporting cast includes a number of gay and lesbian characters, including the main character's best friend. The movie avoids typical Hollywood stereotypes when it comes to these characters.

Sexual Content

Some partial nudity in several scenes: An eccentric woman wearing only a strategically placed feather boa poses for a semi-nude artist; a couple engaged in passionate sexual foreplay begin to undress; a teen couple is seen briefly partly hidden by bedding while in the throes of lovemaking. The main character's proposal of a sexual liaison with a new acquaintance is followed by non-graphic sequences of foreplay and post-sexual romantic behavior.


A loud, threatening storm and the startling appearance of a harmless snake frighten the main character.


Language includes words like "bastard," "dyke," "hell," "damn," "s--t," "f--k," and "ass."

Social Behavior

The movie's main message is that engaging in life brings opportunities for new experiences, second chances, and recovery from even devastating wounds of the heart. It also promotes the ida that trusting yourself in new placesand sometimes making unexpected choices can be beautiful and rewarding.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink wine and some liqueurs on many occasions, particularly at meals and in social situations. In one scene, an intoxicated woman cavorts in a fountain. Several European characters smoke cigarettes.

  • 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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