Mud

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Poignant coming-of-age tale has some edgy content.

PG-13 2013 130 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Gritty and heart-warming

We really enjoyed this gritty tale. It portrays authentic relationships, with all their imperfections, with a lot of warmth and humour. The plot cleverly allows the viewer to see Mud both through the eyes of 14-year old Ellis as well as with a greater measure of objectivity. The boys are a convincing blend of jaded and innocent, trusting and streetwise. Ellis responds to situations wanting to do the right thing, and his idealism and steadfast belief that love conquers all is tested as the plot winds its way to a predictable, yet heart-warming ending. There is some crude language, mild suspense, fist fighting, a shoot out and some references to sex including some irritating objectification of women. A previous review suggests that the lack of good role models in this film might be problematic. I disagree; I found it a great starting point for conversations about how people are rarely all good or all bad, and that what defines us is sometimes how we step up to meet challenges, or sit with dilemmas. In the case of Mud the character, it is also a good portrayal of a charismatic instigator, embodying a number of complex paradoxes (a resourceful survivalist vs. incapable of self-care, laid back vs. pathologically intense, loving vs. violent), and how our perceptions of a person can be clouded by what we want to believe about them, as opposed to what may be quite obvious to others. If I were to issue any warnings, it would be to anyone who may find male aggression in relationships a trigger: there are two scenes where Ellis' dad is overbearing and aggressive toward Ellis and his wife, one scene where a female character is assaulted (hit) by an intruder and the unnerving intensity with which Mud experiences his attachment to "the love of his life", foreshadowing a possible 'star-crossed' lovers ending.

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age 16+

Not for under 16

I did not think this movie was a good choice for my 13 year old boy. It portraits woman badly, as not worth a mans trust, and likely to lead them on. The language and smoke was disturbing. I think it was more for children over 16.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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