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A Raisin in the Sun

By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Thoughtful, play-based drama examines racism.

Movie NR 2008 131 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Excellent story and film, but this review was missing some things.

This is an excellent film and a classic story, but I felt the need to add a couple things. There is more language in this film than just the one n-word. “Damn”, “ass”, and “son of a bitch” also occur in this film. Also, drinking is definitely present. One character goes to a bar several times and is seen walking home drunk.
age 10+

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This made-for-TV film was adapted from the play's award-winning 2004 Broadway revival and features most of the same cast in the principal roles -- and the performances are amazing. There's a reason McDonald won the Tony for her role, and the rest of the principal cast members don't miss a step, either. Combs is the weak link, but even he can hold his own. This is a great example of what can happen when really good actors take on truly great writing (even though this is an adaptation, much of the original play's script is in the movie).

The film is beautifully shot and deeply moving. While the subject matter is often uncomfortable and sometimes outright painful, the story remains relevant and rich. As a starting point for talking about the hurt of racism, it's invaluable. But part of what makes it so is that it's such a good piece of work, something that will stand the test of time even when we (hopefully) reach the halcyon days when racism is truly a thing of the past.

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