A Better Life

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Eye-opening social drama about immigration and family.

PG-13 2011 98 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Educational movie for kids and teens.

Kids should watch it to have a real idea about the life for immigrants in USA. The actor Demián Bichir is amazing, one of the best Mexican actors, my kids loved the movie, we have to educate our kids so they can be aware of others life.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

A Better Movie

While I liked this movie, there was so much bad language that i wasn't as impressed as I would have otherwise been. Good message of not giving up though.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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