Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says not for kids
Bleak film has unlikable characters, much sex, little point.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Canyons is a very sexually explicit drama about unpleasant, self-centered people who are vaguely involved in the Los Angeles film industry. It stars James Deen, a real-life porn star, and Lindsay Lohan, who's better known these days for her off-screen mishaps -- stunt casting that's generated plenty of buzz for a bleak film about unlikable characters. Expect plenty of male and female nudity and graphic sex scenes, lots of drinking, some violence, and strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more), as well as some drug use.
- Families can talk about how The Canyons depicts sex and relationships. Is anyone in a healthy relationship? What role does sex play? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these topics.
- Do you think this movie would have received much attention if Lohan wasn't the star?
- What do Tara and Christian get out of their relationship with each other? Do they love each other? Do you think they even like each other?
The good stuff
Positive messages: It's difficult to find a positive message in a film that focuses on selfish and narcissistic characters who use each other at every point and still manage to get away without any kind of repercussion.
Positive role models: Nobody in this film stands out as a positive role model. They lie to each other, are unfaithful to their significant others, use and manipulate people to get ahead, and care only about their own desires and needs. Nobody grows in any way that could be seen as a positive, and some clearly get even worse.
What to watch for
Violence: Someone is murdered, with blood shown on clothes. Several intense arguments between couples. Two men get into a shoving match that leaves one on the ground. A man menaces his girlfriend, yelling at her and threatening to hit her.
Sexy stuff: Several explicit scenes include full male and female nudity. Extended graphic sequences with a variety of sexual activities, including intercourse, oral sex, and group sex.
Language: Many scenes include swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch" "d--k," and more.
Consumerism: Though few brands are actually visible, the main characters enjoy the trappings of wealth, including fancy cars, stunning homes, and the latest high-tech gadgets.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Many scenes show people drinking beer, wine, tequila, and other hard drinks at restaurants, bars, parties, or just hanging out at home. Few social encounters take place without alcohol as the lubricant. Some people smoke cigarettes, and one scene includes cocaine.