Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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age 16+

Violent war-hero drama has too many scattered ideas.

R 2016 110 minutes

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age 15+

THERE'S WORSE THINGS THAN FOUR LETTER WORDS

This film pretty faithfully follows the course of events in the book but falls short in two ways. It underplays Billy's sister's efforts to get him to desert and thereby underplays the significance of his refusal to do so; and it pretty well fails to illustrate Ben Fountain's point that the the corruption of a society in which wealth and power are obscenely concentrated can be seen only by those it sacrifices. But the film is worth a look not least as a trigger to reading the book, from which an astute teenager will get the message that four letter words and sexual references are far from the most offensive things that grown-ups do.

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