Parents' Guide to

Amazing Grace

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Earnest drama about fervent English abolitionist.

Movie PG 2007 111 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 14+

Christian Role Model

Inspiring example of the realities one faces when following the word and keeping on course despite adversity and staggering obstacles. Amazing hero and role model. Particularly for those with a strong calling of service to others. Not recommended for young children. A mature 12 or 13 year old introspective aware child or perhaps a bit older otherwise. Great Christian based history. May not be of interest to those who would not find this level of commitment and self sacrifice appealing. I was fascinated with his accomplishments and devotion to God and humanity. Vivid possibly disturbing scenes of despair in some characters and slave abuse.

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Great role models
age 18+

Director fail

Too much cleavage in this movie for me to be able to recommend it to anyone. They really ruined what could have been an awesome movie.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (4):

As the sober and reverential film begins, Wilberforce appears commanding a mud-covered knave to stop beating his horse. Wilbeforce's pained face shows his physical capacity for empathy, a theme that comes up repeatedly in the film. A series of flashbacks shows how Wilberforce earned his reputation. Their opponents are unconditionally malevolent, especially the Duke of Clarence (Toby Jones), who's introduced as he instructs an underling to "Fetch my [the "N" word]" -- he wants to use his "property" to up the ante in a card game.

Wilberforce's visible horror at this gesture soon turns into inspiration: He decides to make his enemies in government see the evils they're perpetuating. This thematic connection to the song "Amazing Grace" (which Wilberforce sings passionately in one scene) informs the movie's own structure. The more Wilberforce "sees" -- through flashbacks and imagined visions pictured while remorseful slave ship captain/"Amazing Grace" composer John Newton (Albert Finney) recalls abusing and killing slaves -- the more dedicated he becomes to his work.

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