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Parents' Guide to

Driving Miss Daisy

By Maria Llull, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tale of unlikely friendship has stereotypes, some language.

Movie PG 1990 99 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

This is a great movie! Watch it!

I am 8 and this is a really touching movie. I think it is so sweet how two people who are different races and religions come together to be such good friends. I think this movie is great for 8 year olds because it shows how we can be friends with anyone we want to.

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age 10+

Well worth watching with your kids, 10 and up.

This is such an awesome movie. Since my 10 yr old just spent a month studying black history, the racial slurs and discrimination were expected in historical perspective, and actually reinforced what she had already learned about the various time periods it covered. Without the background though, it would require some pre-discussion. The friendship brought tears to my eyes, and sparked a conversation about alzheimers as well. Excellent movie, just remember that PG means GUIDANCE, not approval!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Though this movie is charming and not at all violent or raunchy, it has some adult themes. Encounters with prejudice and racism and growing old are presented in Driving Miss Daisy in a way that might be a bit too heavy for young kids.

Some may enjoy watching the friendship that develops between the two main characters, though their power imbalance, Daisy's sour attitude, and her general treatment of Hoke like a servant rather than as a friend can make for unpleasant scenes. Hoke gamely takes on the challenge and demonstrates neverending affability in the face of ongoing slights, to the detriment of any deeper explorations into his character and motivations. Decades after its release, Driving Miss Daisy stands as one of Hollywood's more visible examples of stories about race relations that make for "comfortable" viewing and are targeted to White audiences, alongside movies like The Help, Crash, and Green Book.

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