Master Harold...and the Boys

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Play-based movie examines racism's toxic effects.

PG-13 2010 87 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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age 13+

Powerful play - great film - needed for our time.

This powerful play can start brave conversations about how to show love to people when they are being unlovable, racist, and cruel. The character of Sam is a black father figure to Hally. Young Hally's alcoholic father has taught him to use his white authority to treat people unfairly in the time of Apartheid in South Africa. Reading the play, admittedly, gives so much more; however, the movie also has benefits of showing the ignominies faced by millions. What a great work to broach discussion on race issues and parents w/ alcoholism. Sam is repeatedly abused and repeatedly shows Christlike love and forgiveness to Hally.

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