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Parent Written byg-g-g August 11, 2013

A great, complex war epic and character study totally OK for ages 13 and up

An opening speech for the ages. The role of a lifetime for George C. Scott, who turned down the Oscar it earned him. Jerry Goldsmith's haunting score. So many things make this film an all-time classic, and they are all OK to share with teens across the age spectrum. 13-14-year-olds will enjoy a classic war story in early 1970s fashion with lots of fireworks, minimal blood, and no gore. Yes, the language can be a bit salty, but let's face it, there's nothing in there that a 2010s public-school teen has not heard in quantity already. (Forget the smoking too--no teenager's going to get compelled to take it up just by watching a 50-year-old puff on a stogie.) Older teens will get to appreciate the depth and complexity of Patton's character. Like Westerns before them, war films without a pacifist message have fallen foul of the PC police, but there's plenty of seed material here for family conversations about the power of leadership by example (Patton's takeover of a demoralized army after the defeat at Kasserine Pass), the relationship of a leader with his/her subordinates (the famous slapping incident, Patton's relationship with Bradley--Karl Malden in a strong supporting performance), or the limits of a leader's drive to achieve an objective (the horse scene during the drive through Sicily, the forced march to reposition three divisions in the Ardennes). And of course, there's the pleasure of sharing the famous opening line that can be repurposed for so many later uses: "I want to make it very clear that no b-----d ever won a war dying for his country..."
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing