Parents' Guide to


By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Strange, edgy movie based on David Sedaris story.

Movie R 2013 88 minutes
C.O.G. Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Good movie with salient points

This movie felt eerily similar to my experiences as a young adult coming to terms with some of the aggressive sexual behaviour of some gay men and my concurrent disappointment with the hypocrisy of so many Christians and the selective nature of their compassion and love. Contrary to what some have said the movie is not anti-Christian but it is rightly brutal towards a certain type of Christianity. Some have argued that the central character should have been explicitly identified as gay in this sort of coming of age story rather than just hinted at. Perhaps they are right but the ambiguity does reinforce the power of the final scene where the main character is so harshly judged.
age 18+

Degrading God.... Don't watch

At the beginning of this film I was a little interested in seeing what was going to happen. However, throughout the film I began to realize how deceptive it was. This film is definitely not a Christian movie. In fact it is the exact opposite. I have been totally disgusted from it. I was about to stop the film at one point while they were in church because of how wrong they were in the way they were conducting the service. I continued watching though to see if there was change. I am glad I continued watching because I am able to write this review for the rest of you. Do not watch this film especially if you are expecting a Christian film . I was totally disgusted by this film and how it degrades the Christian faith and who God truly is.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

C.O.G. claims to be the first movie adapted from the writings of essayist/humorist David Sedaris, and, unfortunately, it's a huge disappointment. Sedaris' work is wry, self-effacing, witty, and often tender; this movie is simultaneously confused, arrogant, and passive. As with almost any movie told from the point of view of a writer, the lead character is only a passive observer and isn't at all engaging. Likewise, other characters never really come to life, because we only see them from one vantage point. As for the movie's themes, it hints at the character's homosexuality but then totally ignores it and buries it until a final moment that's too little, too late. Plus, after a cynically humorous opening scene, the humor stops, the religious themes are introduced with the utmost seriousness, and finally, these, too, are just as suddenly dropped. Most disturbingly, a quasi-attempted rape is shrugged off as an awkward inconvenience. The only thing that's consistent about the movie is that none of it feels genuine.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate