Rabbit Hole

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Moving, mature drama about loss is too heavy for kids.
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

Although the movie is often sad and painful -- showing that any marriage, no matter how solid it seems, can be shaken to the core by tragic events -- ultimately, it says that even if love can't prevent fissures, it can heal them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rocked by a horrible tragedy, Becca and Howie are in pain and unable to cope. But they allow each other space and do their best to accept their uneasy present. Becca also displays an enormous capability for forgiveness, even if she's hard on herself.


Some loud and emotional arguments. A woman slaps a stranger. A couple mourns the death of their young son, who was accidentally hit by a car. Viewers don’t see the event, but it's discussed a lot.


A couple talks about not having sex. A woman becomes pregnant by a man who was seeing someone else. A married man flirts with another woman and contemplates infidelity.


Language includes “prick,” “s--t,” “goddammit,” "ass," “a--hole,” and, once “f--k.” Also "oh my God" and "goddamn."


Some companies/brands are mentioned, including Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Ambien.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking. Two people smoke pot (using a pipe) in a car.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this affecting play-based dramedy starring Nicole Kidman explores the aftermath of a profound loss -- parents mourning the accidental death of their young son. It’s unflinching and, thanks to that brutal honesty, may be too heavy and hard to watch for younger viewers. There’s also some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), pot smoking, and discussion about sex and a child’s death.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKen R. August 11, 2020

Rabbit Hole- Sometimes We Need To Go There.

Did not know anything about this movie before watching and came away impressed. While not for everyone, Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart do wondrous things with... Continue reading
Adult Written bywonder dove September 23, 2013

Great movie but depressing

I was looking for a good, sad movie to watch and someone recommended Rabbit Hole, I gave it a shot and thought it was quite good. The story is very depressing,... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byyhtwister August 17, 2013

Realistic and Optimistic Movie

Probably one of the most realistic movies ever made. No violence onscreen but how a young child is killed is partially described. Great acting from nicole kidma... Continue reading

What's the story?

It’s been eight months since Becca and Howie Corbett's (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) 4-year-old son ran into the street chasing the family dog and was hit by a car driven by a high school student (Miles Teller). He did not survive. Neither did his parents -- emotionally, that is. Becca can’t bear to be reminded of him; Howie can’t let him go. And now their marriage lies in tatters, each unable to find comfort in the other. A support group for parents like them turns Becca off and has Howie venturing into uneasy territory. Becca’s desperate for connection, but with whom?

Is it any good?

Kidman is impressive as the wounded Becca, who won’t let anyone attend to her pain. She’s prickly and unpredictable, and her heartbreak is deeply felt despite her attempts to dismiss it. Her scenes with the incomparable Diane Wiest are a joy to watch, if only to see them play mother and daughter with such realism and knowing. Eckhart surprises with a vulnerability we rarely get to see him display, and Teller is memorable as a teenager trying to find his way back to a happier life. A few moments work too hard to evoke emotion -- the scene in the supermarket, for instance, when Becca is shocked at her own display of rage -- but those are, thankfully, the exceptions.

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, RABBIT HOLE turns its viewers into witnesses of a marriage at a crossroads: Can their grief cannibalize their marriage, their selves? It’s a weighty question that the film embraces, beautifully. Rather than provide audiences with the expected portraits of anguish, it aims for an unvarnished and messy truth -- difficult to categorize, stunning to watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the movie tackles the subjects of grief and loss. Does it seem different from other movies?

  • What is the movie's ultimate message? Do you consider the characters to be positive role models? Why or why not?

  • Why do Becca and Howie have trouble supporting each other through their grief? Does their experience seem realistic?

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