North Country

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Excellent, moving, but for mature audiences only.

R 2005 126 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 16+

essential viewing for older teens

While it's been a long time since I saw this movie (and as such only remember bits and pieces of it), it shows what women who took jobs that have traditionally been held by men had to go through at the time, why even those who privately sided with abused women were sometimes afraid to publicly say it, and the difference that just 1 person or a couple people can make. While the movie does go too slow at times and, as a result, is less effective than it could be, viewers can't help but empathize with the women. While sexual harassment laws and anti-harassment policies at work sometimes go too far, it's good that we have them, as we do need them. This movie helps explain why. Those who are mature enough to watch this movie should.
not rated for age

didn't disappoint

I really liked this movie. The courtroom scenes were a little cheesy but overall the dialogue and message were intellingent and entertaining. Violence against women is all too common in media (and in life) and this movie makes it clear that it's NOT ok. That women shouldn't be victimized twice by the actions of some and the inaction and/or apathy of others. The only thing that really bothered me was that the main character's *statutory* rape by a teacher was treated as a plot point to advance the storyline, instead of as a tragedy all by itself. We watched this movie w/ our 14 year old because we thought the overall message was important. It really bugs me that a movie like this gets a "R" rating when other movies that treat sex casually and disrespectfully get "PG" or "PG-13" ratings.

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