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Lost River

Lost River
Lost River
Lost River
  • R
  • 1h 35m
  • 2015
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Oscar® and Golden Globe nominee Ryan Gosling makes his filmmaking debut with this singular vision of stranded people finding connection in a broken world. In this dark fairy tale about love, family and the fight for survival in the face of danger, a single mother (Mad Men's Christina Hendricks) in the virtually abandoned city of Lost River is led into a macabre underworld in her quest to hold her family together. After her teenage son discovers a mystery about the origins of Lost River, his curiosity sets into motion an unexpected journey that will test the limits of those he loves.
© 2013 Bold Films Productions, LLC. © 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Lost River suggests that debuting writer-director Ryan Gosling may have a bright future as a filmmaker, but it doesn't hold together well enough to recommend on its own merit.
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
Common Sense Says
Stylized drama about poverty has some disturbing violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lost River is actor Ryan Gosling's directorial debut; he also wrote the film but doesn't star in it. His popularity might draw younger viewers to the film, but it's too dark and violent to be appropriate for anyone but the oldest and most mature teens. There are some startlingly violent sequences -- such as a sadistic villain who tortures people, cuts off their lips, kills a character's pet, and sends a henchman to set a house (with people in it) on fire, or a woman who stabs a man in self defense. Plus, women perform in a bloody burlesque show that makes it seem like they're being killed and tortured (though it's all makeup and fake blood), and there's strong language is in nearly every scene (mostly "f--k," "motherf---er," and "s--t"), as well as some smoking and drinking.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
  • Release Date:April 10, 2015
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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