Just Mercy

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Effective, intense drama about racism and justice; swearing.

PG-13 2019 136 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 17+

Good movie, but should have been R-rated!

This movie had wonderful and powerful messages about the problems with systemic racism in our justice system. The acting was also great. However, I really felt it should have been rated-R. I told my teens all about the movie and we openly discussed these topics, but there were too many inappropriate things for young teens to hear and see. The language was bad and too much was shown about the execution for this rating. I personally would have been traumatized to watch this before age 17-18! Once your kids see this, they cannot un-see it, so exercise caution. Other kid reviews are saying it was scary, so be careful.

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 12+

Real world story of racial injustices in the death penalty

This dramatized real-world story of a man unjustly put on death row and his young lawyer who gets his case overturned shines a bright light on the horrors of the death penalty and systemic racism. There is a scene with the electric chair that I could not let my 11-year old watch but otherwise the movie's strong messages and story line are important for all to see. Movies like this help all - including tweens and teens - understand big issues facing our society.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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