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Walk The Line

drama, romance

Celebrate 75 years of Rebels from 20th Century Fox. WALK THE LINE chronicles the birth of a new kind of American artist, Johnny Cash, who had to move past raw anger, the ravages of addiction, and the temptations of stardom.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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3 out of 5
Positive messages
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Fascinating biopic, best for mature teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film includes frequent images of drug use and drunkenness, as Johnny Cash was a famously driven, unhappy man, as well as a brilliant artist. The film concerns his relationship with his wife June Carter, which involves both divorcing other spouses and tensions as she helps him fight his addictions. The film also features frequent cursing, drinking, and smoking, as well as fights between father and son. A boy is killed off-screen in a circle-saw accident. There is a brief sex scene and some adulterous behavior.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether or not they feel this is an accurate portrayal of the events in Cash's life. Are there biases involved in the storytelling? Does the movie further the myth of Johnny Cash or provide new insight into his character? From whose point of view is the story told?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Joaquin Phoenix isn't Johnny Cash. But with the clip-clop of rhythms behind him, aiming his guitar like a gun, he puts on one sensational show.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, November 18, 2005

Fresh: I advise you catch up with Walk the Line, if only for Ms. Witherspoon's transcendent joyousness as a still-growing legend within a legend.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, January 5, 2006


- Bob Mondello,, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

I expected much more & an oscar for Witherspoon's perf? huh...

- arashxak, Sunday, April 12, 2009

4 stars

I'm not really a fan of the Man in Black, but Joaquin Phoenix's gutsy, fireball performance helped me understand his rebel appeal. Reese Witherspoon is lively and adorable.

- aliceinpunderland, Wednesday, February 18, 2009

3 stars

Assuming the movie is an accurate portrayal of Johnny Cash, it is worth watching just to learn move about the music legend. The only problem is that Joaquin Phoenix can't really sing, but then neither could Mr. Cash.

- Redlats, Monday, August 20, 2012