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Short films reveal emotional impact of breast cancer.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The films contain lots of messages about the importance of mammograms and other potentially preventative measures, as well as relevant statistics, etc. about breast cancer. It also underscores the fact that any person, regardless of what they do, can get the disease. It also emphasizes the importance of friends, family, and other supports.

Positive role models

The people battling with the disease and/or impacted in some way aren't always perfect. Some family and friends are supportive, while others have a hard time coping with the fact that their loved one has the disease.


Contains brief scenes of physical altercations. One person uses a bat to smash windows.


Contains images of woman's chest after a mastectomy, as well as brief scenes of women wearing skimpy underwear and dancing seductively. The touching and feeling of breasts in a sexual manner is also visible (but no nudity is shown). There is a reference to STDs.


Words like "ass," "t-ts," "bastard," and "bitch" are audible.


Ford cars logos are visible. References are made to Walgreens pharmacy. Both companies are project sponsors.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cigarette smoking and drinking (beer, hard liquor, cocktails) visible.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this unique movie is actually a collection of five short films about people affected by breast cancer. It contains some sexual innuendo, strong language ("bitch," "ass," etc.), and some limited violence. Drinking and smoking is also visible. A woman's chest is shown after healing from a mastectomy. Despite these mature themes, the overall series sends very positive messages about fighting the disease, as well as the importance of getting mammograms and having the support of family and friends.

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What's the story?

FIVE is an anthology of short films directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins, and Penelope Spheeris about the multiple physical and emotional ways that breast cancer affects men and women during different stages of the disease. The series of short features stars Jeanne Tripplehorn as Pearl, an oncologist who has both a professional and personal connection to breast cancer, and whose life becomes interconnected with the journeys of other women who have or are struggling with the disease, including her mother Charlotte (Ginnifer Goodwin), and patients like Mia (Patricia Clarkson), Cheyanne (Lyndsy Fonseca), and Lili (Rosario Dawson). Helping tell their stories is an all-star cast, which includes veteran actors like Annie Potts, Kathy Najimy, Tony Shalhoub, Jeffrey Tambor, and Alan Ruck.

Is it any good?


While each film approaches the subject matter differently,  all five of them take a witty and poignant look into the lives of people who have breast cancer. Each story line also incorporates a variety of facts about the disease, survival statistics, and various treatment options. But what makes the overall project successful is its powerful and very human portrayal of the emotional journey people are forced to take when they are diagnosed with and/or are fighting breast cancer.

Because the disease continues to affect the lives of millions of women (and thousands of men) world-wide, some viewers will find these films difficult to watch.  But those who choose to do so will find an ensemble of creative and well-directed features that underscore the idea that despite the horror of this disease, there will always be room for hope and love while battling it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the media's relationship with breast cancer. What messages do you see about breast cancer on TV, in movies, advertisements, etc.? Is there anything missing from how the media portrays the disease? What's up with all the pink?

  • What message do you take away from these short films? Can you see the differences in directorial style between the films or are they all very similar? Why are such big names attached to this effort?

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:October 2, 2012
Cast:Ginnifer Goodwin, Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson
Directors:Jennifer Aniston, Patty Jenkins
Studio:Sony Pictures
Character strengths:Courage, Empathy, Perseverance
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written byAnnieB123 October 30, 2011


"Five" was a pretty good film. I felt like it had a really great message about family and always being there for that person you love no matter the relationship (good or bad).
What other families should know
Great messages