Mr. Holland's Opus

Movie review by Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

'90s drama about inspiring teacher has some cursing.

PG 1997 143 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 12+

Good movie with a really good message.

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age 10+

Ok for pre-teens, beware of some language

This is an excellent movie that Richard Dreyfuss should have gotten the Oscar for the year he was nominated. I would say it is a family movie for the pre-teen age group. Some profanity includes "a-----e" and "a--" about three times 1 use of "s--t", 1 GD and a couple hells and damns. Altogether about 8-10 profanities in the film not too bad. Mr. Holland asks a student if he has been stoned. His wife makes a reference to "getting it on", however there is no actual sex. Just some light kissing. One of Mr Holland's students dies in Vietnam. The death is totally off-screen and they are just seen attending the funeral which is close-casket. You just may want to tell your kids that part of this movie takes place during Vietnam and discuss the history with them briefly. Some scenes are emotionally intense but not inappropriate. One of Mr. Holland's students has a clear crush on him but he does set the proper boundaries being her teacher and not her lover. It might not be a bad idea to discuss how Mr. Holland sets good boundaries between him and his student and that in real life teachers could be in big trouble for having an attraction to their students. However the issue is handled with sensitivity and Mr. Holland proves a smart and good role model in this situation. Really the biggest red flag here is the profanity. However it is sporadic and infrequent. Younger kids will probably find this movie slow. Teenagers and adults should enjoy it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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