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December Boys

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

1960s coming-of-age tale with Harry Potter star.

Movie PG-13 2007 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

yeah dan!

this movie was awsome and FYI Daniel Radcliffe ROCKS! And LUCY SOOOOOOO DOSENT!!!! (WATCH IT IT"S A GREAT MOVIE! EXSEPT FOR LUCY!)

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 11+

Harry Potter Star Does Well!

Daniel radcliffe was excellent in this movie! The only problem was where the girl seduces him and makes him go up his skirt with his hand. Mature 11 year olds would be fine. There's also a book if you enjoy the movie!

This title has:

Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This is a beautifully photographed and deceptively simple film. Australia has never looked so wonderful. The people who impact the lives of the four orphans are revealed to have complex and often difficult stories themselves. Part of the boys' journey is learning how first impressions are often deceiving. Their coming-of-age involves more than the usual pain of self-awareness. DECEMBER BOYS takes into account the intricacies and nuances of the human heart, and respect for and deeper understanding of others. The sexual encounter between Maps and Lucy is the one element of the movie that makes it questionable for younger kids and not-quite-so-mature teens.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 14, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: December 11, 2007
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe , Lee Cormie , Teresa Palmer
  • Director: Rod Hardy
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Village Roadshow
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, nudity, underage drinking and smoking.
  • Last updated: March 30, 2023

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