Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Essential drama about violent chapter in U.S. history.

R 2017 143 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 17+

17+ For cussing and violence and frontal Nudity

Based on a true story

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 18+

Educational, Disturbing & Compassion Inducing

Be very mindful with this film. It is extremely violent and disturbing, both for the physical and emotional violence, as well as racial injustice. However, I believe the director and filmmakers created it this way in order to educate the public on lesser-known important historical information as well themes linked to current day political and civil rights issues worth understanding. Some people had to leave the theater because they could not handle it, those of us who were able to bear it, received extremely powerful messages about how prejudice is created in the minds of individuals and systems. This is why I rate this film as a #5, because no other film has had quite the visceral impact on me that in turn induced deeper levels of compassion and tolerance. If introducing this to your late adolescents or early adult family members, following up with a discussion about historical accuracy and an emotional debriefing is HIGHLY recommended. I would also recommend that any persons with a trauma history be extremely careful in choosing to watch this movie. For me personally, if this helps you, both the disturbing nature and empathetic emotion it produced in me had such an impact, I will only need to have watched it once in my life, and will continue to remember it well.
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