The Lives of Others

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Art battles duty in bracing German spy thriller.

R 2007 137 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 16+

Amazing but mature

Amazing german spy film that is gripping as well as emotional binding. One of the best made movies of the decade. However, there i some explict sexual conduct with little nudity. There is also a quick scene of violence. But outside of this, I would recommend it to every person I know. Use discresion, but if your teen is mature enough, they should see it.

This title has:

Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

Really depicts life in the former German Democratic Republic

As an educator, it saddens me that some parents do not approve of this movie to a certain age group. In Germany, you would be allowed to watch this movie at age 12, but it is rated R in the United States because of its sexual content. Most high schoolers, particularly age 15+ would easily be able to handle this movie, and the sexual content is relevant to the culture and story in which the movie is trying to depict. Please watch this movie and think about the message before banning your high schoolers from seeing it. There's a reason it won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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