Box art for Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

drama, thrillers


A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Docudrama digs into early Beat history with sex and drugs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kill Your Darlings could potentially appeal to hardcore Harry Potter fans eager to see anything star Daniel Radcliffe does. But this is not an appropriate movie for young teen fans of The Boy Who Lived. It's a candid docudrama depicting the early friendship between Beat Generation poets Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac with Lucien Carr, who killed an older man who may or may not have been his lover. Graphic sex and substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, cigarettes) are all heavily referenced or visible throughout the movie, as is strong language ("f--k," "a--hole," derogatory terms for Jewish people) and a murder that's shown with additional details throughout the movie. Mature high-schoolers who do see it will learn more about the Beat Poets, how they met, what they believed, and how interconnected their lives were both intellectually and romantically.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what this movie reveals about the birth of the Beat Generation? Are you surprised by how open the writers were with drugs and sex?
  • Does knowledge about an artist's personal life affect how you enjoy or experience his/her work?