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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

JFK movie captures mood but omits a great deal; some blood.

Movie PG-13 2013 93 minutes
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age 13+

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age 12+


The movie is about President Kennedy in parkland, i think that it should not be show to 3 year olds! There may be blood involved.
age 14+

Set the expectations low and you'll have a good time

This so-so Kennedy assassination reenactment has tons of stars, but only James Badge Dale and Paul Giamatti, respectively as the assassin's brother and the man who took the infamous Kennedy footage, get a solid amount of screen time. The rest of the characters are just famous places reenacting history. The emotional reactions are pretty authentic, but I needed more investment in the characters for this not just to be a made for TV movie on the matter.

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Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Rookie writer/director Peter Landesman initially had a great idea for PARKLAND. He wanted to make a kind of "rarities and 'B'-sides" collection and retell the story of the Kennedy assassination through the eyes of the minor players. But he doesn't really connect these stories other than through the tragedy itself -- and, taken separately, none of the stories has any great depth.

It's interesting seeing amateur filmmaker Abraham Zapruder portrayed onscreen, especially by Giamatti, but his story arc is a little disappointing -- he tries to find a place to quickly develop and copy the film but then just as quickly sells it to LIFE magazine. The story of Lee Harvey Oswald's brother, Robert, is more interesting and might have made a good feature by itself, but again, there's too little here. The hospital sequence is probably the least useful, decorated by escalated blood and gore, giving the talented Harden nothing to do, and giving the lifeless Efron too much.

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