Do the Right Thing

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Spike Lee's masterwork of racial unrest; discuss with kids.

R 1989 120 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 2+


I strongly Believe this film should be shown to every child at a very early age to teach them right from the get go about racism. This is probably one of the most realistic films about racism and could of been released yesterday and would of just as relevant as it was in '89!

This title has:

Great messages
age 18+

Fails to deliver the right message/gratuitous nudity

This movie falls short of the right message in doing the right thing. Just for good measure, they threw in an unnecessary sex scene that completely objectifies a woman with a long close up shot of just bare breasts. It added NOTHING to the movie except to tell us the director is misogynistic.

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

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