Moonrise Kingdom

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Typically quirky Wes Anderson dramedy has lots of heart.

PG-13 2012 94 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 69 reviews

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age 18+
Watched 17th Sunday (Easter). Is it true? Generally speaking, no. What sort of directorial decisions are taken? A lot of the work ? of telling the story is done, by the editing and the framing of pictures. ie the director is very much an actor? active. It's about young love - and there is a bit of violence, so is that an acknowledgement how things can get out of control. It's also? about desperately trying to rear kids? The Britten , high-minded music; the scouts-... It isn't finished? air. In a funny sort of way, you cannot relax watching it- like someone holds a goldfish bowl over a cliff. Liked the gnome! Thank you.
age 12+

Brilliant film, one of Wes' best

As a whole it is perhaps one of Wes Anderson's easiest to watch, and I have many of his film posters in the spare room in my flat. Yes there is an actress who is 13 in her bra and pants. Yes a boy her age does touch her breasts gently and briefly, at her request. But that's about it. Frankly if you are an adult person who finds that arousing then YOU are the problem not the film. The girl is pretty, but she's just a girl and barely a teen at that. I wouldn't show this to a child who doesn't understand boy/girl things but then they wouldn't like the film anyway as Wes' humour and quirk here aren't for kids. However for girls and boys of a certain age this will show them how it should be. We have so many things in the world that sexualise underaged girls that to diss this is silly and counterproductive. And bear this in mind, it's a tiny fraction of the film that has any sexual content at all. The rest is just the two young thespians with Ed Norton and Bruce Willis bossing it. I often wonder if those who hate it so much, doth protest too much?

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