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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Well-acted war drama is too intense for kids.

Movie R 2009 120 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 15+

Great Movie, but really scary moments.

This movie was beautifully acted by all of the main roles but is definitely not for kids. There is strong violence though most of it isn't directly seen on camera, as an example a man has to kill to live but that seen isn't seen in detail, so not really actually that violent, but it makes up for it in frequent swearing "f--k" ( sexual and non-sexual) and cigarette and alcohol use of which there is plenty. Though this is a brilliant drama, it should be strictly 15+.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Brothers Just fine Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brothers was kindoff good and disturbing for Teens under 16. Brothers was Just fine. I give Brothers 3 out of 5 stars and I RATE Brothers AGE: 16+. I Still Recommend Brothers Though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Director Jim Sheridan is no stranger to intense family dramas -- the Irish filmmaker (In the Name of the Father, In America) seems like a natural choice to adapt Susanne Bier's affecting Brodre. At first, the three leads (especially Portman) all seem too much younger than their Danish counterparts, but with some obvious visual clues that Portman and Maguire's characters were high-school sweethearts, the characterizations start clicking into place, and each actor rises to the challenge. Portman is luminous as a grief-stricken young "widow," and Gyllenhaal is surprisingly believable as the edgier bad-boy brother trying to make amends. But it's Maguire who has to anchor the emotional intensity, capturing Sam's months of torture and then his return to civilization mostly with bulging eyes, set jaw, and an acidly dropped curse word.

To Americanize Bier's masterful original, screenwriter David Benioff makes Sam and Tommy's father (Sam Shepard) a Vietnam vet, lending even more credibility to the good-son/bad-son dynamic between the brothers. Portman's almost distracting loveliness is also taken into consideration, as it becomes the subject of small talk among Tommy's friends. There's more humor in this version as well, especially in a key scene in which Tommy and Grace bond over a joint and a U2 song. Overall, Sheridan's remake is beautifully acted and, unfortunately, quite timely. But everyone who sees it should, also watch Bier's subtle, harrowing original.

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