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

age 16+

Overlong sci-fi comedy has a heavy message, mature content.

R 2017 135 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 13+

I wish they cast Mark Wahlburg!

"Downsizing" is a science fiction comedy-drama film that explores the idea of shrinking human beings to reduce their carbon footprint and the consequences that come with it. While the film is filled with a great cast, I couldn't help but feel that Matt Damon's character would have been better cast as Mark Wahlburg. Don't get me wrong; Damon's acting was decent, but the role of Paul Safranek, a man who decides to downsize himself to live a better life, required someone with a bit more grit and toughness. Wahlburg's natural charisma and ability to play tough guys would have added a new dimension to the character and made him more relatable to audiences. Moreover, Wahlburg's Bostonian accent would have been a perfect fit for the character's blue-collar background, adding a layer of authenticity to his performance. I can't help but feel that Wahlburg would have brought an extra edge to the character that Damon couldn't quite achieve. Overall, "Downsizing" is an entertaining and thought-provoking film, but with a different casting choice for the lead, it could have been even better. Mark Wahlburg would have added a new layer of depth to the character, making him more relatable to audiences and adding more authenticity to the role.

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age 13+


The R rating must be for lots of penises on unconscious men undergoing downsizing process. Big deal. This is an excellent movie that smart teens will enjoy. Especially recommended to families who think persons are more important than humanity. Lots to talk about with the kids in that vein, and I wish CM review hadn’t deterred us from letting our 15-yr-old watch it.

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