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Parent of a 13 year old Written byswopefam August 2, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Worthwhile and thought-provoking

This film provoked a lot of thoughtful conversation in our home, much of it initiated by our daughter (13). It really touched her, while introducing her to a world she had no idea existed, that of illegal immigrants in this country. A beautiful and sometimes wrenching story.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old Written bymrbright January 19, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

This Movie Made Me Have a Better Life

This movie teaches preteens what real life problems are. There are many things to discuss with your kids. Almost every teen will somehow encounter gangs and stuff like that. If you think your kid(s) can handle the fact that there are gangs doing bad stuff and people stealing vehicles, then it is nice to show this film to them. I'm hearing that there's an f-bomb in this film, but I watched this in the airplane and maybe they censored it, but there are still mild obscenities scattered throughout this film. And this film also depicts some drug use. But despite all that, there are strong positive messages and role models by the main characters. The son is bad at first, but then he eventually turns good. Demian Bichir gives an Oscar-worthy performance as the main character. There's one scene at the end that will break everybody's heart. I thought the director from New Moon (the second film of the Twilight film series) was going to fail again like he did with New Moon, but this time, he completely switched gears and made the movie that everybody will love.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator and Parent of a 1 and 2 year old Written byMommaOfTwoo March 4, 2013
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

A Better Movie

While I liked this movie, there was so much bad language that i wasn't as impressed as I would have otherwise been. Good message of not giving up though.

What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing