6 Years

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Indie romance has domestic violence, lots of sex, drinking.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Decisions you make can affect the rest of your life, so you should think them through so you don't live with regret. Drinking to excess can lead to dangerous consequences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not a lot of role models here. Mel is abusive and destructive, though she does try to do what's best for Dan in the end. Everyone drinks too much and behaves badly while drunk.


Mel shoves, hits, and throws things at Dan when she's drunk, causing him to hit his head, step on broken glass. A guy attempts to sleep with a girl when she's drunk enough to almost be unconscious.


Multiple sex scenes. A clip from a porn video shows a woman without underwear, including a flash of frontal nudity. Lots of talk about sex, including discussions about pornography.


Lots of profanity including "f--k" and "s--t" many times.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

College kids smoke a joint. Lots of drinking, including to the point of throwing up. Horrible behavior shown while characters are drunk, including drunk driving and domestic violence. One character smokes a cigarette.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 6 Years is an indie romance about college love that's definitely not for kids. Sex and relationships are the main themes, and there are multiple sex scenes, a lot of talk about sex, and a short pornography clip that shows full-female nudity. Profanity abounds, with "f--k" and "s--t" used liberally. Drinking is featured heavily, with the main character drinking to the point of getting sick and driving while drunk. There are some disturbing scenes of domestic violence where the main character hits and shoves her boyfriend while drunk, causing him to hit his head and step on broken glass. A guy attempts to sleep with a girl when she's drunk enough to almost be unconscious.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylivmule May 8, 2020

Worst movie ive ever seen

This movie was so predictable and it was a waste of an hour and 19 minutes of my life. There was no plot and not to mention there was not one character I liked.... Continue reading
Parent of a 14, 14, and 15-year-old Written byDakota121 April 1, 2020


This movie was particularly good but it did have alot of questionable things. There was sex, violence, no too amazing role models but it was honest. It was fair... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byalyssac17 May 22, 2018

Pretty Good

This movie was good but it honestly freaked me out a little. There was violence, cheating, a girl almost got raped, a guy got arrested for “hurting” his girlfri... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySamantha_renee01 January 16, 2018

Awful Ending

I really like the plot point that men can be abused by women too, but the many plot holes kind of ruin that. There are a lot of unanswered questions as well as... Continue reading

What's the story?

Mel (Taissa Farmiga) and Dan (Ben Rosenfield), almost college graduates, have been together since high school. To the amazement of their friends, the two are still in love after six years and are planning their lives together once they get out of school. But when Dan starts getting closer to his music-industry coworkers, especially his boss Amanda (Lindsay Burdge), and Mel's drinking starts to get out of control, their relationship takes a dark turn that neither of them expects.

Is it any good?

Although Farmiga and Rosenfield do an admirable job of portraying two people in the midst of emotional crisis, this tense romance too often delves into melodrama to be a great film. There's also too much time spent showing the two leads drinking with their friends and not enough time spent developing their relationship, leaving the viewer wondering why Dan was with Mel in the first place. The film does a good job of showing the consequences of excessive drinking, especially paired with the heightened emotions of youth and inexperience. But it mostly serves up a lot of tension with no real resolution or point.

Although parents may appreciate the underlying message to not jump to conclusions and that abuse isn't always inflicted by men, this is probably not a movie they'd want their teens watching. And adults may be dissatisfied by the melodramatic dialogue and lack of character development.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about domestic violence. What should you do if you suspect your friend or someone you know is being abused by his or her partner?

  • 6 Years delves into the decisions you make in college and how they affect your life. Do you think it's more important to follow your career goals at that point in your life? Or should you follow your heart?

  • Do you think the movie depicts college life realistically? Why, or why not?

  • How does the movie portray drinking? What are the consequences of overindulging?

Movie details

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