Parents' Guide to

Hope and Glory

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Nostalgic look at London during WWII has sex, mature themes.

Movie PG-13 1987 113 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Great film. Contains Sex (and resulting teen pregnancy), some swearing and images of the blitz.

This is a really great film to give kids an idea of family life during the London blitz in world war two. It's heart warming and moving. That said it does contain very obvious references to sex. This went over the head of my child but it would definitely raise questions from a more curious child. A sensitive child might also be upset by the scenes of bombing.

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Director John Boorman's semi-autobiographical look at life in London during World War II is nostalgic, sweet, and sometimes funny, but not meant for kids as young as 9-year-old protagonist Billy. Hope and Glory takes us through the onset of war, planes flying overhead, bombs dropping, and flak exploding all as parts of a grand adventure to Billy. But the sexual content, occasional strong language, and mature themes make it best for teens and up.

Even though there are lots of scenes of kids playing, at school, and at home, there isn't much of a plot or structured story to hold kids' interest anyway. Like the kids sifting through burned-out rubble, viewers are invited to sift through adult themes like regret, teen pregnancy, and coping with the feeling that you might all die tomorrow. But mature viewers who are interested in this historic period, and preferably interested in all things British, will enjoy what feels more like a funny, charming, and sometimes dramatic series of events at a remarkable time and place in history.

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