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Parents' Guide to

Pele: Birth of a Legend

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Biopic may be fun for soccer fans, but it's too formulaic.

Movie PG 2016 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 8+

Great Movie even for non-soccer fans

My kids all love this movie, even the non-sports oriented ones. It has the death of a childhood friend, not overly wrought but good to be aware of if your child is particularly sensitive to that, but it is meaningful to the plot and I think tastefully portrayed. Overall message is one of accepting who you are and where you come from, even being proud of it, no matter what other people think or how they treat you. I think it is helpful for kids to see that even a legend like Pele struggled with that!

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age 8+

Brilliantly moving movie

This movie is great! My husband and I watched this with our 11 year old, who plays football. It was a very inspiring movie and a must see for all 1st world children....

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Pele was a true soccer phenomenon, a joy to watch on the field -- and this movie brings some of that excitement to the screen. Watching Pele move the ball -- really, it looks more like he's dancing with it -- is perhaps the best part of the movie. But off the field, the story, as told on screen, becomes less vibrant, even though the real-life Pele overcame great adversity, faced down the doubters, and showed everyone what he had.

Like the staid techniques Pele struggled to break free of, PELE BIRTH OF A LEGEND feels far too predictable at times as it moves through the standard formula of a rising star no one saw coming. Even the action scenes aren't as good as they could be -- they tend to focus very tightly on the athlete's body, making it hard to see his most acrobatic moves. Young soccer players may find the story inspiring, but for most viewers it will probably feel formulaic.

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