The Color Purple

Movie review by Randy White, Common Sense Media
The Color Purple Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 14+

Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.

PG-13 1986 152 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Stands out for .

Community Reviews

age 17+
The movie portrays characters enduring traumatic experiences which are challenging and disturbing but which we can’t deny are still a reality in our society. Could spur meaningful discussion with teens and young adults.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
age 14+

Good for teens but not for anyone who isn't in highschool yet

It's a great movie for highschoolers but there's some very touchy subject matter that drives the plot and there's some very serious things that are explored in the movie from pedophilia, incest, selling children, abuse including sexual, verbal and physical abuses, and also some very mild LGBTQ stuff between Celia and Shug which may be a deal breaker for people who don't want their teenager to see to ladies kiss. Over all it's a wonderful if sad movie. And by wonderful I mean that it shows you can come from the most tragic of backgrounds and have the odds stacked against your favor and still manage to find peace at the end of all the heartache. It's beautifully sad.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Child cross country skiing
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate