Parents need to know that Bird is an Oscar-winning (for Best Sound) biopic of jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker and includes his issues with alcohol and drug addiction. Parker -- played by Forest Whitaker -- is often shown under the influence of both alcohol and heroin. Many scenes take place in bars where other characters are seen drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. A character bribes a doctor to sell him drugs and he prepares them to inject. A spoon and needle are shown in one scene. The movie is not judgmental -- Parker explains that drugs help him cope with his emotional and physical pain. But he is aware of the problems they are causing him and consequences to his actions are shown. Parker's young daughter dies in the movie, which sends Parker further into depression, leading to him attempting suicide by drinking poison. Language includes the infrequent use of "f--k" and people of color say the "N" word. Parker is occasionally violent. He slaps his wife, Chan (Diane Venora), attacks a man while in a psychiatric hospital, lashes out at a musician, and breaks a window. Couples occasionally kiss and sex is implied with Parker having multiple affairs outside of his marriage.