Hillbilly Elegy

Movie review by Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Language, violence, drugs in uneven bestseller adaptation.

R 2020 116 minutes

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Based on 2 reviews

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age 13+

beautiful and touching movie

I believe everyone should see this movie. It includes themes of drug use , family dynamics, socioeconomic struggles. Anyone above age 13 can watch the movie. It includes some triggering topics as suicide, getting high, physical/verbal violence in the family, but is not that bad that a teen cannot see. I highly recommend this movie, it has a message about making good decisions despite coming from a bad background

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age 16+

Must see to understand poverty

This movie needs to be watched by educators! It shows what students go thru to survive everyday life in poverty!

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Too much swearing

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