Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Lots of language in Lee's fact-based dark comedy.

R 2018 135 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 22 reviews

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age 14+

great movie... tense, and the very end is tough to watch

This is a wonderful movie that is absurd in its premise (black cop infiltrates the KKK and befriends David Duke) but perfect it the storytelling, acting, pace, etc. 10 out of 10 for movie making. Though written several years ago, the topic seems to be especially relevant today with issues of BLM and police brutality at the forefront of current events. This movie deals with HEAVY topics: racism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, "good cops", police brutality, activism .... While Spike Lee has made these topics palatable to a general movie going audience, this movie is tense and scary in its cruelty, anger, intolerance and ignorance. Topher Grace (that's 70's show) places a somewhat humorous, milquetoast David Duke.. so there is some light (but always dark) comedy. The storytelling and pace never leave you bored. The characters were cast so brilliantly - especially the white supremicist's wife (that character arc was terrifyingly metaphoric in so many ways). There are a lot of "bad"words - swearing and racist terms. But I never thought they were used gratuitously to shock, they were part of the story or character development. My kids got through it - a lot of discussion/explanations throughout the movie. They really enjoyed it... until the VERY VERY end with scenes from real life (Charlottesville). This real footage abruptly took us out of movie mode and thrust us into the cruel reality of today; it disturbed our kids a lot (but necessary).

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age 15+

Important film for families to watch and discuss together

Although the summary states that "very little violence is actually shown," it's important for families to know that the film ends with graphic real footage of racial violence from the 2017 Charlottesville white supremacist rally. No longer framed within the cinematic distance of the period film, this violence and horror were incredibly disturbing to my younger child. It's an important film to see--perhaps now (June 2020) more than ever. But definitely know that the R rating isn't just for language and themes.

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