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Parents' Guide to

Mallory

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Insightful docu about tween suicide is meant for adults.

Movie NR 2021 92 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

I'll Always Remember Mallory

It's a great documentry. I think 11 plus is a good age, and be prepared to discuss with your child.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Executive-produced by the Grossman family, this empathetic documentary shows viewers a family managing their pain, striving to give meaning to their tragedy. Seth and Dianne Grossman reflect on Mallory as a bright light, a gymnast who outshone her teammates and who wanted to spend her life helping others. She was successful, she was cute, and her family appeared to have money -- in their estimation, that's what made her a target for bullies. The night before her death, she happily played in the pool with her family. She was a regular 12-year-old girl. And her parents exhausted every avenue to defend her, letting her know that she'd never have to return to her school again.

And yet, she was so tormented that they couldn't save her. What could have been done? As Seth states, everything is clearer in hindsight. Using that angle, the docu offers interviews with experts who explain the psychology behind bullying and why getting picked on in the Technology Age is too much to bear for some kids. While there are several insights in MALLORY, the key takeaway for parents is, "It could happen to you." Writer-director Ash Patino doesn't give adult viewers all the answers they're looking for -- those who want identifiable signs that a child is seriously considering suicide or definitive steps to preventing it may find there's not quite enough here -- but viewers will get a little to think about and a lot to mourn.

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