We Were Soldiers

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

One of the most violent movies ever released.

R 2002 138 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 25 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Real movie about real people and war

This is one of if not the best war movie about Vietnam. Cl Moore was truly a one of kind True American Hero. This movie humanize soldiers on both side. The battles are very graphic and violent. Mel Gibson gives a one in a lifetime performance. If you like to know history of war this movie is a must see. As far as children are concerned my opinion is the parents who should make that decision. My older children have seen it but my husband is ARMY so they know more about military wife.

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age 15+

Fantastic War Movie For Teenagers

Most of the violence in this movie is basic battle-style violence in which men and shot, blown up, lit on fire, stabbed, and incinerated, most of the time without blood or significant injury detail. However, there are exceptions. In the beginning of the movie a man is shot in the throat (in slow motion) with very bloody results. A scene later in the movie depicts bloody flesh being scraped off of a mans legs by accident. Another scene shows a man hit in the face with prosperous, which begins to burn him until another soldier uses a boot knife to cut it out of his face. These are all very brief but noteworthy incidents. As for language, there are 4 uses of the f-word (three of which are subtitles in the first 5 minutes of the movie) a handful of s-words, and 3 uses of the word “Pu*sy.” Also, stating this movie as "One of the most violent ever released"is a gross over exaggeration.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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