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Music of the Heart

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Touching story about a determined teacher has mature themes.

Movie PG 1999 124 minutes
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MUSIC OF THE HEART has its heart in the right place. It's an uplifting look, based on a true story, at a teacher whose single-mindedness and often very stubborn determination made a huge impact on hundreds of kids' lives. It touches on the struggles of single mothers, the lives of inner city kids, the complexity of race relations, the effects of poverty, and the way art and music is not just a fun extracurricular activity for many children -- it's a lifeline to a less impoverished life.

The film confronts death, poverty, divorce, and abuse directly in discussions but, because it doesn't depict those things graphically, kids who might otherwise be upset by these ideas have a buffer to ponder them without seeing them. However, at just over two hours, the film will challenge even the best attention spans. Best for parents and kids who've moved into discussions of music, art, community, or social justice.

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