Infinitely Polar Bear

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Heartfelt drama about family affected by mental illness.

R 2015 90 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Brilliant performances, a film about love in difficult circumstances.

This film is so well-written, beautifully acted and directed. I watched it first, then allowed my kids to see it, as I thought the R rating (in Australia at least) was misleading. Yes, the dad drinks, chain smokes and swears, but I explained it in the context of his illness and the era (70s), and his occasional anger in the context of the situation. He is given a monumental challenge, to care for his children alone and he does so in his eccentric and chaotic way. Parenting is hard for anyone, but with his illness and their poverty, it's unfathomably more challenging. These are things that kids can know about, and families can also talk about the concept of the "black sheep" in families, who can be ostracized because they are different or embarrassing or badly behaved. It's also very funny, and days later, my 10 and 13 year old are still bringing up scenes they liked. If your kids never hear swearing or are really shocked by swearing, drinking and smoking, then you might have to wait until they are older, but my kids understood the context of these elements, and loved the warm, loving, funny human story. They also loved seeing such brilliant child actors. Mark Rufalo is superb.

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