Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Drama about child's 9/11 loss stirs up sadness.

PG-13 2011 120 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 9+

Great, great movie

One of the best!
age 7+

Great way to explain 9/11 to a child

I had been watching this and allowed my 6 year old to watch with me and we discussed each part as it was happening. It was a way for a child to see what 9/11 felt like through a child's eyes. Tom Hamks was exceptional. The story was very touching and poignant. The boy is on a scavenger hunt of sorts in NYC following his dad's death. The grandma and her tenant were great, too. An adult should watch with a kid.

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