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Norma Rae

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Inspiring pro-union story is good watch-together fare.

Movie PG 1979 118 minutes
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age 13+

Field is captivating

Sally Field shines as the heart and soul of this film and of creating a flattened chain of events in order to display how a union would be formed. Although I understand the choice to oversimplify it comes at a cost for the integrity of the labor movement. The film feels a bit like a connection of cliches, but that is not to say that there are not many moments where Field's portrayal feels real. Her responses to the events, cliched or not, feel legit. She is captivating.

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Norma Rae was a landmark film when it was released in 1979, and it hasn't lost any of its impact. Strong performances with characters who are flawed as well as courageous makes the film feel genuine, not the story of a real life superhero, but of a woman who rose above her own limitations to help repair an unjust world. Efforts to portray the growing connection between African-American and Southern white workers make a compelling statement as well.

It's fairly recent history and hard to accept the fact that such conditions existed in the United States for so long. Though one-sided (management and ownership show no empathy for the workers), for families who hope to inspire social consciousness, it's a wonderful movie to watch along with teens.

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