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To Save a Life


Feb 26, 2010

Latest Home Video

Aug 03, 2010

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Brian Baugh


Randy Wayne
Deja Kreutzberg
Joshua Weigel
Kim Hidalgo
Robert Bailey Jr.


2010 Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Jake Taylor (Randy Wayne) and Roger Dawson (Robert Bailey Jr.) used to be friends. But now Jake is the coolest basketball star in the school, and Roger is nothing. When the unpopular student tragically dies, Jake is racked by guilty questions about what he might have done To Save a Life. Looking for those answers proves to be a life altering experience.

Content Details

Why Is To Save a Life Rated PG-13?

To Save a Life is rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen suicide, teen drinking, some drug content, disturbing images and sexuality.

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in To Save a Life...

While this film contains mature topics, its intended purpose is to explore the cause and consequences of serious issues like suicide, sexuality and bullying. Violence includes the depiction of a teen male bringing a gun to school, firing shots into the hallway ceiling and then putting the gun to his head and pulling the trigger (the fatal gunshot is heard but not seen). Another teen male is shown "cutting" himself on his arm, and a teen female admits to doing so in her past. A young boy is hit by a vehicle and is shown lying injured on the pavement. Physical scuffles between teen males (a punch is thrown) along with verbal bullying and taunting are portrayed. A teen couple at a party, inebriated from alcohol, goes into a bedroom and begins pre-sexual activities (the scene cuts to the next morning when the boy asks if they can "do that again"). A teen discovers she is pregnant and considers an abortion—discussions about other alternatives are included. A married man admits to having an affair. Teen girls wear revealing attire and males are seen topless. Alcohol is frequently consumed by teens, and in one scene they play a drinking game where participants become dangerously intoxicated. While not discussed, it’s implied that many teens drive home after these parties. Teens are seen smoking marijuana on school property. Profanities are relatively infrequent, but do include a couple of scatological terms, about a dozen mild expletives, and a crude term for sex.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Violence, Theme of Suicide
AB PG Mature Subject Matter, Substance Abuse.
ON 14A Language May Offend, Substance Abuse.
QC G Not recommended for young children.
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of To Save a Life...

To Save a Life releases on August 3, 2010 to DVD and Blu-ray. Bothe versions include the following bonus materials:

- Filmmaker’s Commentary

- Deleted Scenes

- Gag Reel

- Featurette: To Save a Life: Behind the Scenes

- Music Videos: Bounce by J-Rus and Sunset Cliffs by Paul Wright.

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Barb says: Mar. 05, 2010

My husband and I “stumbled” on this movie - it was not hyped or reviewed by local movie critics.  We thought it could be such a powerfully helpful tool for teens, their families, and church youth groups.  The next day we told our youth minister about it, donated the funds to buy the tickets, and 20 of our teens attended the movie.  All were impressed and positively effected by the message.  I was disappointed that at least in our area theater attendance was sparse and it left pretty quickly.  What a shame that it wasn’t hugely marketed and supported by all churches!  Any family and church ministries of teens should get as many youth to see it if it isn’t too late.  And - hope to get a DVD in the future to share.  Mrs. B. Friedman, Florida

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