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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Brief violence and lots of tension in top-notch classic.

Movie NR 1942 102 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 17+

A good film marred by the casual racism of the period

Coming back and watching this now with a broader and more critical view of American history and American involvement in WW2, and what America did after left me far more conflicted about this film than I once was. Rick as a metaphor for neutrality on the eve of WW2 - the view of the conflict as largely a spat between Europeans with "undesirables" caught in the crossfire (notice how carefully the film elides anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jews, notice the latent racism of even the "good" white Americans towards the sole black character, notice how even Rick plays "ownership games" with him and how all of this is intended to reassure *white* audiences of the time that he's a good, loyal, smiling black man, who respectfully addresses all the whites by their last names and honorifics as they casually refer to him by his first). It's too racist and too sanitized and too flattering to American whiteness and 1940s-era white majority racial insouciance for me to call it "the best film ever" or recommend it as good material for young people - but it is a remarkable artifact of its time, at least, and few films have more effectively and intelligently portrayed the dynamic between two people who love each other but will not ever be together than this one.
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

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This is probably the most famous Hollywood classic of all time, and for good reason. Certainly the most quoted and the most frequently cited as an all-time favorite, Casablanca won Best Picture, Director, and Writer awards at the 1943 Oscar ceremony. The definitive rebuttal to notions of the "auteur" (one author) in film, the romantic drama was put together in pieces by many different sources, with some script pages completed just moments before the cameras rolled. The performances by Bogart and Bergman are so subtle and complex because the actors themselves had no idea how it was going to end. Almost every frame of the movie is iconic, and it has been endlessly copied and parodied.

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