Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+
Often-somber drama has language, sex, drinking.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Arthur Newman is an interesting but flawed film about a man who abandons his old life for a new identity, leaving behind a child. Despite some moments of levity, it's fairly somber, and the subject matter may be a little bleak for young teens and tweens. Still, the movie offers an interesting meditation on regrets and what we can make of them. Expect some scenes showing a couple in intimate poses and various states of undress (though no outright nudity), swearing ("s--t," "f--k," and more), some drinking and drug use (primarily weed), and a character who contemplates suicide.
- Families can talk about Arthur Newman's messages. What do you think the intended takeaway is? How does the movie want viewers to feel at the end?
- Discuss the characters and their choices. Are they believable/understandable? What do the characters learn?
- How does the movie portray drinking, drug use, and sexuality?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Most mistakes can be undone; running away doesn't erase them, and sooner or later, they'll catch up with you anyway. So why not get comfortable in your own skin?
Positive role models: Arthur has some major flaws, and it takes him a while to find himself and atone for his mistakes, but at heart, he's a caring soul. And so is Michaela (aka Mike), though she's also seen stealing.
What to watch for
Violence: A man contemplates suicide (viewers don't see anything gory, but it's implied). A man is shown dying after a seizure. A woman is shown screaming in a car.
Sexy stuff: A couple is shown in some intimate situations. Viewers don't see any sensitive nudity (a woman is seen in various states of undress but still clad in underwear), but the setups imply various sex positions. A brief scene shows a porn movie playing on TV in the background.
Language: Language is strong but not constant; words include "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more.
Consumerism: Products/labels seen include Timex, Sabrett, Wells Fargo, Budweiser, and Polaroid.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some scenes show a woman completely inebriated, and, later, drinking and smoking weed with a man.