Why Stop Now

2012 R 1h 27m Blu-ray / DVD

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Why Stop Now

2012 R 1h 27m Blu-ray / DVD
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On the day piano prodigy Eli is to audition for a famous conservatory, he gets sidetracked by an attempt to stash his cocaine-addled mother, Penny, in rehab. When Penny is denied admittance, Eli enters into a bizarre partnership with her dealers.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2:40:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2:40:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: 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 OK for kids 17+
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Melissa Leo
  • Tracy Morgan
  • Emma Rayne Lyle
  • Sarah Ramos
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr.
  • Stephanie March
  • Paul Calderon
  • Neal Huff
  • Jayce Bartok
  • Harper Dill
  • Tanya Wright
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Why Stop Now is an indie dramedy about one very bad day in the life of a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) trying to make it to an important audition. His plans are disrupted when his drug-addict mother drags him into a series of misadventures involving drug dealers, Revolutionary War reenactments (complete with faux gunshots), sibling disputes, and more. Expect frequent strong language ("f--k," "s--t," etc.), a fair bit of drinking, and lots of drug references.

Sexual Content

Some mild flirting.


Several heated arguments, sometimes involving pushing and shoving, and one scene featuring faux gunshots during a Revolutionary War re-enactment.


Frequent swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "butt," and more. Almost every conversation includes blue language.

Social Behavior

Eli is doing his best to keep his family together, despite the daily dramas of his mom, a drug addict, and his younger sister, who's got some emotional issues. He wants to check Mom into rehab and reclaim his life, if he can just get through one very bad day and make it to an important audition. He must walk a fine line between taking care of others while not neglecting his own needs.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One of the main characters is a drug dealer, and the main plot drivers are putting together a large drug buy and helping a character get high. Another character gets bombed on Oxycodone and blows an important audition. Some people smoke cigarettes. College-age kids get wasted at a keg party. Other people drink tequila shots at a bar.

  • 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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