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Parents' Guide to

Let Him Have It

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

British crime drama has swearing, violence, neurodiversity.

Movie R 1991 115 minutes
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A retelling of an infamous case from British legal history, this 1991 drama pivots around a trial that caused outrage at the time and led to lengthy years of campaigning in the decades that followed. Let Him Have It is equal parts legal drama and character study, and is led by an understated but thoughtful performance from Eccleston as Bentley, a murder suspect with diminished capabilities. However, Eccleston does appear slightly too old to play the 18-year-old Bentley, and like a lot of movies based on real events, the plot is slowed by the amount of key scenes needed to impart critical information.

In contrast, the transformation of fellow murder suspect, Christopher Craig, from a schoolboy with underworld links to a manic shooter, feels rushed, despite Paul Reynolds' best efforts to inject an unstable energy into the role. While uneven, Let Him Have It manages to remain watchable because of the controversial chain of events that it depicts. It's a valuable history lesson, but far from a classic.

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