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A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Outstanding role model urges kids to stand up to bullies.

Movie PG-13 2015 78 minutes
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This inspiring documentary is a must-see for anyone who's ever felt like they just didn't fit in, and Lizzie is an amazing role model. She seems to have a never-ending fountain of determination and positivity to draw from -- which could make some people seem unapproachable or unrelatable, but not Lizzie: You get the feeling that she'd be just as happy to sit down and talk about random (positive!) YouTube videos with you as she'd be delivering an inspirational talk to 10,000 people in Mexico City. And the film does capture a few moments in which Lizzie's energy flags or she doubts herself, which humanizes her even further.

A Brave Heart may not break any ground in terms of filmmaking tricks/style, but it would be hard for even the most jaded of moviegoers to deny its appeal or the power of its message. Lizzie makes friends and runs into fans wherever she goes; her down-to-earth approachability and constant refrain of loving yourself, being yourself, and following your dreams have young people around the world hanging on her every word. We can only hope that they truly internalize what she's saying, extending her empathy, encouragement, and optimism even further.

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