The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Holocaust drama sensitive, but never sentimental.

PG-13 2008 95 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 59 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 218 reviews

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age 18+

Not historically based

This is poorly researched fiction pretending to be about the Holocaust. As a teacher, what I find most upsetting is that, upon finishing this book or film, students generally express sympathy for "the little German boy who wasn't even supposed to be there." Through the addition of the propaganda video, students also express a belief that the German people had no idea what was happening in the concentration and death camps. The main idea that students seem to be left with is that it was so sad for the Nazi family, who lost their son even though he didn't deserve to be killed. What a terrifying and dangerous idea to leave with students or any age!
3 people found this helpful.
age 16+

Very sad film

Its an excellent film but the ending is too shocking and heartbreaking for anyone under 16!

This title has:

Educational value
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