Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Engaging Goodall docu has a little violence, language.

NR 2017 90 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 6+


Lovely, gorgeous and heartfelt documentary. The 1960's never before seen footage included is a treasure and a visual treat. The story is about a woman named Jane who did not have any degrees or training, and was sent by her employer to Africa to study chimpanzees and their behavior. What she discovered about them is that they are not so far away from humans. They care about their family members & community, they play, fight and interact with other just like us. Very memorable and sweet characters. Not to be missed.

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age 8+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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