True Story

True Story
True Story
  • R
  • 1h 40m
  • 2015
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Confirm current pricing with applicable retailer. All transactions subject to applicable license terms and conditions.
James Franco and Jonah Hill star in this taut thriller from writer-director Rupert Goold, based on Michael Finkel’s chilling, real-life story. After a disgraced New York Times journalist (Hill) learns that Christian Longo, a man accused of murdering his family, claims to be him, he is intrigued and begins meeting with Longo. But as time goes on, Finkel realizes how dangerous Longo really is.
© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
Common Sense Says
Gripping, disturbing drama based on real murders.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that True Story is based on real-life events, including reporter Michael Finkel's (Jonah Hill) fall from grace at the New York Times and the subsequent back-and-forth he struck up with Christian Longo (James Franco), a man found guilty of murdering his wife and their kids -- and who escaped detection by authorities by impersonating Finkel. The details are very disturbing and tough to process, especially the parts that cover the murders; autopsy photos are shown, and the victims' deaths are re-enacted (images of dead children are shown). It's also discomfiting to get into the mind of Longo, which the movie does. Expect some swearing, including "f--k" and more, and detailed descriptions of the murders.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
More on Common Sense Media

Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 17, 2015
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
Resolution, color and audio quality may vary based on your device, browser and internet connection.Learn More

You Might Also Like...

127 Hours
City by the Sea
Third Person
Sound of My Voice
The Invisible Woman
A Bigger Splash
The Counselor
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Sessions

New Releases

MIB: International
Head Full of Honey
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Disneynature Penguins
The Banana Splits Movie
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
Amazing Grace