28 Days

Movie review by
Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
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Strong rehab story for mature high schoolers.
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 104 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Character works to overcome her addiction.

Violence

One suitor slugs another over a woman.

Sex

Some sexual content, but there's no nudity.

Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 amazi... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 year old Written bygerbowski August 31, 2012

a good movie about overcoming addiction

A good movie about overcoming addiction. Probably ok for most teenagers, since it is pretty much a romantic comedy. However, there is a lot of drinking and so... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byrockin_cowgurl706 April 9, 2008

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!!(e... Continue reading

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 engaging 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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