Parents' Guide to

House of D

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Off-putting drama of growing up male in the 1970s.

Movie PG-13 2005 97 minutes
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age 11+

The Circle of Life

This coming-of-age movie deals with tough subjects in a tender, but not starry eyed way. Watch it with your kids. Subjects include independence, truth and honesty, friendship, compassion, fear, death, meaning of life, and love.

Is It Any Good?

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Let's just say putting the letter D in the title was not the best grade for this would-be growing-up nostalgia. It's got enough jumbled-up, lurid melodrama for several plots. It's framed as sort of a love note of wisdom, maturity, and advice for Tom's son (although the sleeping kid doesn't have to hear all this. Alas, we do). If any of the film's tearjerking pathos were believable for a minute it would be, well, unbelievable.

Anton Yelchin doesn't look or talk like an idealized, movie-cute child star, so picking him to embody the awkwardly precocious Tommy is one small virtue. Oddly, there's a certain family resemblance, facially and in the contrived snappy banter, between him and Robin Williams, who gives an unconvincing portrayal as Pappass, with excessive mugging and doubletalk. It may be significant that the one family in the whole movie that looks intact and functional -- father, mother, child -- is that of that of the adult Tom, over in Paris. How he got to that state of contentment, after such a turbulent adolescence, might have made a more interesting story.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 15, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: October 4, 2005
  • Cast: David Duchovny , Robin Williams , Tea Leoni
  • Director: David Duchovny
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual and drug references, thematic elements and language
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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