Inherit the Wind

Movie review by Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Knock-out courtroom drama has deft comic touches.

NR 1960 126 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 18+
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age 10+

A Spectacular Court-Room Movie!

Here, in this film, we have a giant, a king of a genre. This is the greatest courtroom drama I have ever seen, towering at an apex of emotion and grand symbolism. The film, which is based on the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, has a perfect script, brimming with enough sharp dialogue to satisfy any movie-goer. There is also perfect acting, especially from the amazing Spencer Tracy. There is no particularly objectionable content in the film, aside from a few "d**n"s and "h*ll"s. The whole films is about evolution vs. religion, and, though the film feels like it takes the side of evolution, in the end they are evenly weighed. There are many mature discussions throughout the film that will most likely bore kids, but anyone who can appreciate it should watch it. All characters fight for what they think is right, and bigoted people are portrayed in a negative light. Even characters who use underhanded means to get what they want are fully-fleshed out, sympathetic people who apologize for their actions.

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