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Parents' Guide to

My Bodyguard

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Coming-of-age story still relevant and engaging.

Movie PG 1980 97 minutes
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This movie is refreshingly down-to-earth until the final over-the-top fight; teens will likely look past the dated look to embrace the relevant themes. If you have trouble with a bully, get a bigger bully on your side, right? It works in international politics, so why not in schoolyard détente? Of course, the problem with the concept is that someone can always find a bigger, nastier bully to join the fray. That's how wars begin.

Still, My Bodyguard is thankfully missing the sex and wild partying antics of so many recent teen flicks. Instead, this is a low-key portrayal of the trials and tribulations of high school. Student life is portrayed in a brutally realistic fashion that will resonate with middle-schoolers. The acting is equally realistic. Chris Makepeace is ideal as the spunky kid who thinks his way out of a problem (until the end), and Matt Dillon is perfect as the menacing bully.

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