Parents' Guide to

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Compelling drama takes on big life questions.

Movie PG-13 2008 167 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 13+

Great movie that has meaning.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is certainly a unique story about a man who ages backwards. I was very entertained for most of the film and is a great family movie for teens because of sexual themes like prostitutes, a few very mild scenes and some innuendo. F--k is said one or two times as well, and some other milder language. All in all, great movie but has inappropriate content.
age 18+

For adults only

According to the reviews it said it parts were tastefully handled. I think not. There was so much sex in this movie that it was over the top. Watch this movie without any kids around. Too much drunkenness also.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (45 ):

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has a compelling, haunting plot. Watching it is an emotional experience, despite it's meandering pace (it could have -- should have -- been made leaner to make it even stronger). Director David Fincher, collaborating with Pitt for the third time, takes advantage of technological wizardry to move the story forward without letting the tricks overwhelm the story. This isn't a film that stands on the shoulders of special-effects gimmickry.

Like the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump (which also broke ground with its techno wizardry), Benjamin Button has a living, beating heart. A wistful awareness of mortality, and of the clock ticking ceaselessly toward an inevitable end, looms over everything. Benjamin is a splendidly written character, and Pitt plays him tenderly, juggling melancholy and hope, sometimes all at once. And Blanchett is the perfect complement; a tempest who finds her way with grace. Their affair makes for an extraordinary love story.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 25, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: May 5, 2009
  • Cast: Brad Pitt , Cate Blanchett , Tilda Swinton
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 167 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking
  • Last updated: November 24, 2023

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