District 9

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Sci-fi stunner is smart but gory; way too violent for kids.

R 2009 113 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 133 reviews

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age 16+

Parallels with Xenophobia and Apartheid

From a South African point of view, where part of the movie was filmed, the themes were pertinent to the past and present experience of South Africans. District 9 is a reference to District 6 a once vibrant and mixed community (with a fair degree of grit and crime) on the outskirts of Cape Town that was demolished to make way for a whites only area. Similarly the movies depiction of the Prawns living conditions mixes the reality of living in the squatter camps of South Africa with a bit of Nigerian crime boss fiction. The depiction of the South African officials dealing with Prawns are accurate and parody the efforts of the police and army to enforce the Apartheid laws. Read a little about Apartheid and you will see the themes in the movie.

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age 15+

Theunknowncameraman: Nine!

Angry cat noises. And, how 10 years flies by. If you love thinking sci fi movies this is a must watch.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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