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Parents' Guide to

Modern Times

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Families will cherish Chaplin's silent slapstick.

Movie NR 1936 103 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 5+

Not one of the funniest Chaplin, but easily one of his most engaging!

At first glance, Modern Times seems to be a mere Sketch comedy; but in fact, it has a surprisingly cohesive story that is as politically insightful as it's constantly intriguing. The sight gags and the slapstick sequences pale in comparison to those you find in most Chaplin's other films. though. They are quite repetitive and overlong. The romance theme is simply amazing, due in large part to Paulette Goddard's charming and impressive performance. (8/10)

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age 6+

Chaplin as the cog!

The parts that are good are brilliant. The parts that are not as good are better than average. I did not give it five stars because I found the vignette style of the film difficult to follow, but the 4 stars does in no way reflect negatively on the performance and the brilliance of Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard. Chaplin as part of the cogs of the machine are iconic and lasting because they still resonate as workers are swallowed up by their jobs. Chaplin's film may be devoid of overt political propaganda, but he definitely was creating within a complicated political time in US history. "Modern Times" indeed.

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Children will adore the slapstick in this movie, especially the scenes where Chaplin tries out the feeding machine and when he experiments with roller skates at the department store.

Viewers have to remind themselves how prescient Modern Times was. To us, it may not be surprising that the boss watches the workers on-screen, but this was before the invention of television -- and more than a decade before the publication of Orwell's 1984. Interestingly, it was several years after the invention of the talkies. But Chaplin wanted to make a silent movie, and silent this one is, except for a few words, some sound effects, and a gibberish song.

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