Up Close & Personal

1996 PG-13 2h 4m DVD

Up Close & Personal

1996 PG-13 2h 4m DVD
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Michelle Pfeiffer stars as ambitious reporter Tally Atwater, who aspires to make it to the top in television news. Along the way, she meets veteran newsman Warren Justice (Robert Redford), who gives her a shot at her dream job - and a chance at love.
Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing, Joe Mantegna, Kate Nelligan, Glenn Plummer, James Rebhorn, Scott Bryce, Raymond Cruz, Dedee Pfeiffer
Jon Avnet
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
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 there is sex between the two lead characters, one of whom is a domineering, twice-divorced man, the other a former beauty queen who fakes her journalistic credentials to get a job in TV. Despite the dangers of being too near an open mic, characters swear pretty frequently for a PG-13 movie. You'll find violence in a prison uprising and in battle zones, and there are subplots about authority figures -- governors, local politicos, even a White House -- that are corrupt and need to be exposed. A key character is killed along the way.

Sexual Content

Bedroom scenes; a montage of lovemaking, but with little more explicitly shown than bare shoulders.


A prison riot, with vicious beatings shown at a distance or on fuzzy monitors, and the heroine threatened. Glimpses of dead bodies afterwards. Ditto for a South American shootout.


One F-word, "s--t" numerous times, and vulgar reference to female breasts.

Social Behavior

The lead characters pay at least some lip service to compassionate and well-informed journalism. Warren is an overconfident womanizer (pre-marital sex with Tally, post-divorce sex with Joanne). Sally doesn't seem able to do a good job without his controlling presence.


Plugs for real-life network anchors and TV entertainment and trade magazines.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking.

  • 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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