Parents' Guide to

12 Angry Men

By M. Faust, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic is still relevant.

Movie NR 1957 95 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 8+

Required viewing to understand this crazy world we live in

Young kids will likely be bored to tears by this movie - and even older ones probably will be, too. If they can handle a whole movie of just talking, without any action or flashiness, and really appreciate the genius of the screenwriting, the fantastic performances and the direction by Sidney Lumet, this movie is required viewing. It is one of the most American films ever made, crucial to understand the pulse of the country in this and any age. The characters are timeless and the message is enough to give anyone hope, even in the darkest of times. Hopefully, this film will inspire kids who watch it to be the Juror #8 in their life. I cannot give this movie enough praise - your kids, on the other hand, may sleep through it.

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age 10+

This title has:

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Though this is an older film, its examination of the jury system is as valid as ever, and it may be even more important today when media sensationalism has such a strong effect on public perceptions. The movie stresses that the most crucial issue is not whether the jurors think the accused is guilty but, according to the law, whether that has been proven "beyond a reasonable doubt."

Henry Fonda, perfectly cast in 12 Angry Men as a man who values reason, leads a troupe of familiar character actors in a movie that makes a virtue out of its cramped setting. Fonda is one of the great movie stars who will be discovered afresh by new generations.

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