28 Days

  • Review Date: June 25, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 104 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Strong rehab story for mature high schoolers.
  • Review Date: June 25, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 104 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Character works to overcome her addiction.


One suitor slugs another over a woman.


Some sexual content, but there's no nudity.


F--k used once and s--t a few times.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Everyone in the movie has a dependency, and most are in denial.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this isn't the typical sweet Sandra Bullock film. Sandra's character Gwen is an alcoholic undergoing rehab. The film includes themes of addiction, suicide, loss, self-hatred and infidelity. Gwen's behavior is reprehensible before she commits herself to getting better. The most upsetting is the suicide death of a main character that Gwen could have helped prevent. Two rehab residents are seen (briefly) in the midst of sexual encounters, but there is no nudity.

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What's the story?

Gwen (Sandra Bullock) is the child of an alcoholic. Her mother has bequeathed her the disease, along with the philosophy "If you're not having fun, what's the point?" It's only after she falls from a tree trying to retrieve some pills she had tossed from her window that she begins to grasp the severity of her problem. With the (begrudging) help of her fellow group therapy patients, Gwen starts to confront the toll her addiction has taken on herself and her friends and family. Although the reconciliation between Gwen and her newlywed sister is awfully hasty, the movie demonstrates the betrayal and frustration that loved ones suffer as a result of chemical dependencies. Lily (Elizabeth Perkins) makes it clear that she is overwhelmed with disgust and rage at Gwen's lack of self-control. When she recounts the offensive toast that crowned Gwen's assault on her wedding, you will have a hard time not cringing yourself. Although Gwen is a sympathetic character, the movie doesn't let her off easily.

Is it any good?


Sandra Bullock sheds her good-girl image with this dramatic comedy written by Susannah Grant (who also penned Erin Brockovich). As the addict Gwen, Bullock is alternately defensive and painfully vulnerable. While every step is a tough one, the movie manages to bring a lot of humor to her plight.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss the obstacles people with addictions face. What factors contribute to alcoholism and drug abuse? How hard is it to get your life back together?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 14, 2000
DVD release date:September 19, 2000
Cast:Dominic West, Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen
Director:Betty Thomas
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:104 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:mature thematic elements involving substance abuse, language and some sensuality.

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Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe May 26, 2010
I just recently re-watched this movie, and it's still one of my favorite movies. Sandra Bullock isn't afraid to get gritty for a role and she is amazing in this movie. I reccomend this movie for anyone over the age of 14.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byrockin_cowgurl706 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

This was a pretty good movie...

This was a good movie. It had a good amount of swearing in it, but it was a good movie. Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen were both brilliant in this movie!!(even though viggo's part was a small one)I would recommend this movie for teens 14 years old and up. This is a definate movie to see!
Teen, 16 years old Written byArabianHorses August 27, 2011

loved it!

I love this movie, I think Sandra Bullock really proved she can act..and isn't just a star. The "I can't breathe" scene was amazing. It was a fantastic movie and right after I saw it I ordered it from Amazon!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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