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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mel Gibson's Oscared, bloody Scottish spectacle.

Movie R 1995 178 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 18+

As usual, a great movie with a nonsense official review.

This movie is high quality production and extremely entertaining. Positive Messages -> The actual review for this is actually pretty ridiculous. "Freedom is championed as something necessary to happiness and contentment in life, and is worth dying for. The barbarity of war is shown to be the only solution to the greedy and oppressive policies of the British towards the Scottish." Freedom is obviously necessary to happiness and contentment and it is worth dying for. Very American values set and certainly laudable. Obviously, war was the only solution given the oppressive king's (Longshanks) propensity for deceit, treachery, and scheming. Longshanks is pretty monstrous and the story consistently shows that he cannot be trusted and so war is required. It's not glorifying war for just any old reason but it does set it forth as necessary in the face of gross oppression. Positive Role Models -> Wallace and many of his closest companions stay the course and pursue freedom not just for themselves, but for their country as a whole. Courage and self sacrifice (good old fashioned Christian values) are set forth as noble and much of Wallace's interaction with Robert the Bruce XVII center on the inherent nobility of a man's character and actions outweighing birth rights and social status. Wallace is also noble in that he doesn't pursue power for himself or for his own ends. His focus is purely on the cause. Violence -> Lots of graphic violence to state it plainly. This is a war movie with up close and personal shots of melee combat including infantry advances, cavalry charges, etc. The official reviewer stated this accurately enough. Sex, Romance, and Nudity -> This does have a fair bit of nudity in it. The Scotts throw up their kilts to moon the English and you get more than just the full moon. Wallace has an encounter both with his wife and with the princess that is shown. It also has the theme of sexual violence in that Wallace's wife is attacked (rape as the intention) and also the general theme that the English nobles claimed the right to have the "first night" with every Scottish woman on her wedding day. The official reviewer stated this accurately enough. Language -> Fair amount of coarse language and cursing. The official reviewer stated this accurately enough. Products & Purchases -> N/A Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking -> The official reviewer stated this accurately enough. Diversity -> The diversity here is spot on. It's exactly what you would expect from a historical context regarding a war between the English and the Scottish. There are two primary female leads both who are depicted as generally strong, morally centered, and courageous. For the record, this is streamable via family filter services that remove violence, language, and sexuality on demand. That's how we watched it and it's a great film. Certainly a classic.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 12+

Great story, shines a light on Scottish culture

This movie is a historically accurate account of William Wallace and his battle to win back Scotland. It has some war violence such as lances, swords, arrows, etc. but it is very fast-paced so you won't see too much of it unless you really focus on it. there is one scene where another clan or town (its been a while) is shown all hanged in a building. Its obviously fake but it might scare younger kids. Honestly in terms of age it is appropriate for a 10 year old, BUT, i recommend it for 12 and older just because the story is a little bit boring and complex.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (78 ):

This is not for the faint of heart; parents should be aware of the high level of blood and gore and sexual elements. Edward I's son Edward II (Peter Hanly) is a pampered homosexual who so annoys Longshanks that the king throws his son's boyfriend out of a window. Edward II is married, for strictly diplomatic reasons, to a beautiful French princess (Sophie Marceau) who sleeps with William Wallace and gets pregnant by him, another way by which the hero triumphs from beyond the grave.

The spin that director/producer/star Gibson puts on this version of Wallace's story is that the true peoples' heroes -- warriors, freedom fighters, messiahs, (and filmmakers?) who don't back down or compromise their ethics -- often don't get their just reward in this life. That's a theme to ponder, but parents might emphasize to impressionable viewers that, while William Wallace apparently did exist, much of the script in BRAVEHEART has been shown to be false.

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