Movie review by Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Drama set in 1960s Northern Ireland has violence, language.

PG-13 2021 97 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 14+

What is daily life when you are in a war and 9 years old?

A beautiful film that ebbs and flows with the daily living of a war. A war that takes away and leaves holes. The film stays true to its premise, viewing the civil and political disturbances in late 1960s Belfast through the lens of a 9 year old boy. I wanted a sweeping institutional breakdown of the conflict, but that is not this film. This film deals with the minutiae of living on a street where there is a heavy military presence and the splintering of your community occurs bit by bit, every day. Branagh captures a romanticism, but also the hope that you cling to as you soldier on every day hoping that today is the day the barriers come down.
age 15+

Accept all your fellows as family

One of the best movies I have ever seen. An important story for all to see and learn from. Superb acting. Fantastic soundtrack. This is a movie worthy of Best Picture and most importantly to know that it should have never happened and should never happen again. Where is our understanding, empathy, and caring for our cousins? Every person on earth is your cousin and must be treated as family. As Benjamin Franklin said at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence: "We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."

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Educational value
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