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Parents' Guide to

Hamilton

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Filmed Broadway smash has mature content, positive messages.

Movie PG-13 2020 160 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 51 parent reviews

age 12+

Really Good, Really Complicated

The movie was really good but I had to read extra information online as an adult. It’s a fun film with great positive role models and messages. As it is on a stage the violence isn’t too strong but we do see guns (gunshots in the background heard). As for se t stuff we so no sex, but strong passionate kisses and lyrics in songs that include love/sex. There is some infrequent strong language (« f—k » one and « s—t » several times. Also « pr—k » ect. ) Just remember parents really good really complicated.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
6 people found this helpful.
age 12+
Great story, especially for kids interested in history and all of its gray areas.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (51 ):
Kids say (291 ):

This filmed performance will delight the hordes of die-hard fans of the theater production's now iconic musical score, story, and original cast. It may also give viewers who couldn't get -- or couldn't afford -- a coveted ticket to Hamilton during its extraordinarily successful run on and off Broadway since 2015 the sense that they're catching up on something they missed.

The shift to the small screen does mean a loss of some of the immediacy and emotional punch of a live performance in front of a large and invested audience, but this version offers many rewards of its own. Multiple cameras supply new perspectives on the action, from bird's-eye views above the stage to close-ups that allow viewers to really see the actors' expressions -- right down to King George's spittle during his hilarious numbers. Fans can stop, rewind, repeat, and study these original, groundbreaking performances. Captured on film principally during a live Broadway show in 2016, the moments that seem to get the biggest applause in this recording are the most political: one-liners about enslaved people, women, and immigrants. It reminds you why Hamilton continues to feel so contemporary, relevant, and valuable -- in any format.

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