Rabbit Hole



Moving, mature drama about loss is too heavy for kids.
  • Review Date: December 15, 2010
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

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?


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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 17, 2010
DVD release date:April 19, 2011
Cast:Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Nicole Kidman
Director:John Cameron Mitchell
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:mature thematic material, some drug use and language

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Adult Written byMe. January 27, 2011


Only coment: Tom Cruise you're just stupid to leave Nicole Kidman and go with Katie Holmes. P.S:Kisses fo Suri :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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, didn't make me cry but sensitive viewers may. The story takes off with a married couple who's young son is killed by a teen driver while chasing his dog in the street. The mother Becca (Nicole Kidman) can't stand to see things that remind her of him including his bedroom. Her husband Howie (Aaron Eckhart) can't accept his death and won't let him go. These differences hurts their relationship enough that they both try attending group therapy classes with their good friends Gabby and her husband who also lost a loved one, however, Becca can't stand it so she opts out. Howie's need for some affection is turned down by his wife and he soon turns to good friend Gabby (Sandra Oh) for comfort...or a little more than that. Meanwhile, Becca is secretly meeting with the boy who accidentally killed their son and it helps her understand & forgive him. In the end, they realize that the only way their marriage can stay strong is letting go of the past and accepting what happened. Great movie but depressing. The language is not too bad but does have an angry f-word, some uses of sh*t, Goddamn, @sshole, @ss, pr*ck. Violence has death, the death of a small child but not shown just discussed, a woman slaps another woman in the face hard, loud yelling and arguments, hurtful discussions. Sexual content is fairly mild and includes some affection between a married couple that ends fast, a man attempts to cheat on his wife but doesn't, flirting, a young woman gets pregnant by a man who she's not "with", quick talk about a married couple not having sex. There is some drinking and drug use (two scenes of a man and woman in a car smoking pot with a pipe). This really should be rated R for the language, drug use and emotional content. 16+ viewers seems fair.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 kidman and above average from aaron eckhart. Might be too slow for young viewers but has positive messages about moving on from a tragedy and forgiving others.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing


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