Parents' Guide to

Thirteen Days

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Superb film about Cuban missile crisis, best for older kids.

Movie PG-13 2000 145 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Educational movie perfectly fine for young people

While there is strong language sprinkled through various parts of the movie, 13 Days is a FANTASTIC telling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. There are no objectionable scenes aside from the language and is a great way to show tweens, teens, and young adults what exactly happened during the cuban missile crisis.

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This gripping film will leave audiences reminding themselves that we are still here, and for once, the tag line has it just right: "You'll never know how close we came." Thirteen Days may seem like a movie script, but it really happened.

Producer Kevin Costner plays a real person, Kennedy staffer Kenny O'Donnell, but the character combines the roles and actions of several people and essentially exists to help tell the story as efficiently as possible. Most of the time, he blends in with a large, capable cast of character actors (though he seems to make himself too important in a pep-talk scene and at the end there is a sort of "Three Musketeers" shot that seems inappropriate).

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