Parents' Guide to

Into the Wild

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful, tragic true story is too heavy for kids.

Movie R 2007 153 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Amazing, captivating, wonderful

This is a sad, wonderful book. I read it during senior year English class and it was my favorite "school book" of all time. It tells a wonderful story about a young man trying to find himself. Not including the alcohol and cursing, the end of the book is what makes it 16+. I cry my eyes out every time I read it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

Step into the Wild..

Besides the A few scenes of nudity and it's amount of strong language, The Film does go by a a nice and interesting film about a man who escapes into the wilderness.. On that note, I would want to use caution when letting a younger child watch this. Otherwise, A great film For older teenagers and Adults..

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (9):

Whether or not you agree with the accuracy of the portrayal, it's fascinating -- beautiful, even -- to see a young man embark on his own hero's journey. Every performance in Penn's film is noteworthy. Hirsch, who's in practically every scene of the two-and-a-half-hour film, gives a startling, career-high performance--he fully embodies Chris. The excellent soundtrack features several songs by Eddie Vedder. But one of the most impressive triumphs of the movie is its gorgeous cinematography. The "simple beauty" Chris so cherishes in nature is perfectly captured. Even in his final moments (at least in the film), Chris -- now starved and emaciated -- has nature's beauty to comfort him. If only he could have told his story himself.

In real life, the cult of Christopher McCandless has little meaning to critics (mostly Alaskan) who believe that the idealistic 24-year-old wanderer basically committed suicide. Those who don't consider McCandless praiseworthy probably won't enjoy this film adaptation.

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