Bright Star

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

age 12+

Romantic, moving film unlikely to interest tweens.

PG 2009 119 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 18+

bad movie

This movie was way too innapropriate for my son. He cried when the fanny pack and mr poem man held hands. I was not expecting such a sexual scene from a period drama but here we are/ Jane Cmapion you will be hearing fromy my lqawyer about this. I will never forgive you for damaging my son. There was also a large amount of violence. The scene when lightning mcqueen jumps out and battles John Cena was very scarring, I was not expecting a battle this graphic. Anyways. Don't watch this, watch twilight instead. Thank you.

This title has:

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age 12+

Probably better for older teens

I think the love story was very intense and the subject matter was not of interest to most 12 year olds. They found it hard to follow and understand. The moms did enjoy though! Just don't think most 12 years would enjoy!

This title has:

Too much sex

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 18, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: January 26, 2010
  • Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider
  • Director: Jane Campion
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: History
  • Run time: 119 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • MPAA explanation: thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking
  • Last updated: May 19, 2022

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