Ghost in the Shell

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Visually slick but uneven action film is dark, violent.

PG-13 2017 120 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 10+

Most underrated movie of all time!

This is very much unlike the cartoon version in terms of profanity and nudity! In this film there is very little swearing, and no nudity unless you consider a skin tight outfit johannson wore for this film nudity. The main issue is the violence and shootouts, but it's done in a very tame way. The movie reminds me more of a superhero movie then anything. I can't explain how, but it's just one of those films you have to watch to know what I'm talking about. If your kid has a violent past, I wouldn't recomend you show this, otherwise, it's not a big deal. And the story is very interesting! This is a movie I put in my top 5 movies of all time, and I've watched it numerous times. Two thumbs up to the sky!
age 13+

Decent Adaptation. Not whitewashed.

This is a decent adaptation of the Manga and Anime versions of the original. It's visuals are beautifully crafted and the story is adapted well given the extreme restraint of time to convey a long story arc in such a short period of time. To address the continuing (and erroneous) accusations of whitewashing (casting a white actor in an 'Asian' role), I would direct parents to do some basic research, including looking at past manga, anime, statements by Kodansha (the original publisher) and Asian voices in America and abroad. The only accusations of whitewashing tend to come from White Americans who like being angry about cultural appropriation without having much in the way of ties to the actual culture.

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