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Parents' Guide to

Attack the Block

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

British sci-fi action movie is clever but gory, druggy.

Movie R 2011 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

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Based on 4 parent reviews

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Underrated Masterpiece

This movie is great for teens! It shows usual stuff you'd see in hood culture ( violence, drugs, and profanity ) but it shows a great turn for the great or good. I highly suggest it for all families with teens

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (14 ):

After a series of dull, brain-dead alien invasion movies (Skyline, Battle: Los Angeles, Transformers, etc.), ATTACK THE BLOCK manages to be fresh, frisky, and surprising. This is UK writer/director Joe Cornish's his feature debut after a career in television (he also co-wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin). No, the visual effects aren't terribly impressive, but they're also not crucial -- the movie's focuses instead on the quirky character dynamic and the related social ramifications.

The film's theme is perception -- not only how humans perceive the aliens, but also how humans perceive each other. But this canny commentary is (cleverly) hidden amid an onslaught of gore, sly humor, and stoner humor. Exciting, entertaining, and rewarding, this movie (which was co-produced by Edgar Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) has everything except a huge summer marketing campaign.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 29, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: October 25, 2011
  • Cast: Jodie Whittaker , John Boyega , Nick Frost
  • Director: Joe Cornish
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Run time: 88 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: creature violence, drug content and pervasive language
  • Last updated: May 16, 2023

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