American Splendor

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Earthy, gritty and real; for older kids.

R 2003 101 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 15+
The film not since 2004. 2003

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
not rated for age

Excellent bio-pic.

Once again the MPAA gets it wrong. No nudity, no violence (one short scene of Harvey smashing items in his apartment), some harsh language (nothing not heard in a junior high locker room), but apparently movies dealing with manic depressives and testicular cancer get branded with an R. Fascinating film about comic book icon Harvey Pekar who lives an unsual life and becomes an anti-hero to the alternative comic crowd. The narrative is mostly linear, but with frequent interruptions in the story by Mr. Pekar himself commenting on the action. Well worth anyone's time; the focus is on his life, not his comic books.

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