Beasts of the Southern Wild

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Devastatingly moving drama has harsh truths, whimsy, wisdom.

PG-13 2012 93 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 14+

Living on your own terms with dignity and realness

How does one portray generational poverty with dignity and realness, without romanticization, but with heart and reveal the strong spirit needed to survive and thrive in a world that wishes you did not exist. Zeitlin has a strong vision for the film that comes roaring through and Wallis and Henry have excellent chemistry with each other and with the environment. What is home? How do we feel about it and how do our bodies fit within it? Zeitlin offers a provocative and complex response to these questions.
age 15+

Tough and emotional, but worth watching

It took me a second viewing to appreciate this movie more, and man did it really help. Hushpuppy and her father, Wink, go through tough times and situations together, but they each try to help the other. What was tough about it was that Hushpuppy is only 6, and Wink is an alcoholic (there are a number of scenes where he is seen chugging alcohol), so he treats her roughly (he gives her some slaps), but really wants to help her make it through the tough times. Ultimately, Hushpuppy's friendships with others in her community, despite their intense poverty, gives her hope to move forward with her life and be strong. In addition to the issues mentioned above, there is also some disturbing peril with Hushpuppy (including being in a burning home), and language problems (including an f-bomb). The atmosphere is really depressing to experience, especially considering these people go through intense poverty, but I think that the messages of having a strong community make watching this movie a worthwhile viewing with mature teens. 7.1/10

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