Parents' Guide to

Great Expectations

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dickens' suspenseful tale a great classic for 10+.

Movie NR 1947 118 minutes
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age 10+

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age 10+

Great Expectations

It is a wonderful movie to watch with family.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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It's a classic, yes, and it's in black and white, but it's Dickens, so you can still keep your expectations great that kids will find something to capture their attention and imaginations here. Especially when they meet Pip, the incurably optimistic and big-hearted main character, and following him through all the crazy plot twists and turns.

Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations like many of his other works, as serials for magazines. That means they're set up with plenty of twists and cliffhangers to string readers along. This makes for an even more exciting story, full of mistaken identities, secrets, manhunts, and double-crosses -- all the things many young viewers love. And the characters are fascinating, right down to their names: Uncle Pumblychook, Magwitch, Havisham, Mr. Jaggers. Pip's family may be one J.K. Rowling's inspirations for the Dursleys, the mean guardians in Harry Potter.

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