Parents' Guide to

Gorillas in the Mist

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gripping biopic has violence, animals in peril.

Movie PG-13 1988 129 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Horribly upsetting

If you’d like to keep your child from learning the horrors of human behavior and violence, then I recommend this movie wait until at least 14. This movie is completely gut wrenching. I saw it when I was about 20 and still remember it vividly. Even if you don’t remember the movie in vivid detail, hold off on your kids until they’re old enough to roll with all aspects of human behaviors and process their emotional response.

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Gripping, haunting, tragic, but ending on a hopeful note, this movie based on Dian Fossey's life and work will put sensitive animal lovers through an emotional wringer. Gorillas in the Mist boasts wonderful performances, beautiful photography, and a compelling drama that keeps the viewer riveted. The violence, animals in peril, and tragic deaths of important people and beloved animals make it best for mature teens and up.

As Fossey's obsession with the gorillas deepens to near madness, the movie loses some momentum and some of the realism. But it's an incredibly compelling story, and a worthwhile way to start important conversations about continuing conservation efforts.

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