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Common Sense Media says

Moving, Oscared '90s drama fostered AIDS empathy.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byilovefall10 October 28, 2010
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such a great film... everyone should see it.
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Teen, 15 years old Written byMoviefan15 August 20, 2014
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Excellent story of our fears and hope

Philadelphia contains some mature discussion of homosexuality and STDs. It contains a good message and should definitely be watched. Quite sad at the end which may frighten younger viewers.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 August 23, 2012
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Philadelphia is outstanding and must see

this was a outsanding movie about aids check it out while you can!
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Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag July 6, 2012
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Moving, thoughtful drama for teens and up.

"Philadelphia" is a moving, thoughtful and brilliantly filmed drama by critically acclaimed directo Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") starring Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for his performance as the HIV infected homosexual Andy Beckett. "Philadelphia" was a risky movie, as it came out in the early 90s where both HIV and homosexuality were generally treated with disrespect and hate. For younger viewers who are not familiar with this fact the story may seem cliched, but it was the first movie who depicted a homosexual as a normal, not effeminate and highly intelligent man. The movie shows a world that treats the protagonist as if he was a criminal, and even Denzel Washington's character has prejudices at the beginning. The movie has one big message: Homosexuality is okay. Both Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington give a great performance, Tom Hanks won an Academy Award as Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the theme song "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen won one for Best Original Song. There are hardly any movie more moving and thoughtful than "Philadelphia" and it is an absolute must-see. The movie is not for younger viewers - especially because of the extremely emotional intensity of the movie which can be too much for younger viewers. There are several crude references and curse words about homosexuality - however, the movie really does not glorify these words. It is okay for teens and up.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byMr581 July 26, 2009
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the theme is the only reason young kids 5-8 cant watch
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Adult Written byBestPicture1996 March 30, 2015
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AIDS drama has strong Hanks as the anchor

While the rest of this 90s movie is a bit predictable (and emotionally manipulative at the end), there is still no denying the strong acting power in Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, who have a great chemistry as an odd couple of sorts. Of course, Hanks is the one you come here for, and it's a safe bet that what got him that Oscar is the opera scene, a truly heart-wrenching moment in his character's life, caught up in the beauty of something he loves so much despite his circumstances. Nowadays this type of procedural film about a man with AIDS could be studio Oscar bait, but with Hanks at the helm, giving this man a warmth and humor and relatabililty, he is fully fleshed out. I also found it a great choice that they had Denzel play this part: ironically because African-Americans have been prejudiced so much, and his character, though he defends Hanks, is strongly anti-gay. It just reveals the horrific pecking order of our society, though I'm glad to say much has changed. The language is only nasty when slurs come in the picture, so if your movie buff teen wants to see this at a younger age I think you should let them. It's great acting and a great message of tolerance.
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Adult Written byhamstergurl09 March 30, 2013
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A "Gay Movie" for Straight People

I'm a fan of Jonathan Demme and I have an interest in LGBT themes, so I decided to check this film out. This is powerful and emotional, and very well done. The trial scenes are particularly powerful and convincing. Homophobia and AIDS discrimination are huge themes in this film. This film raises the discussion of different AIDS victims being "guilty" or "innocent" (as in, was the disease transmitted through their sexual encounters or through something they couldn't control, like a blood transfusion) which is a sensitive topic and not brought up often in film. However, you can tell that the target audience is straight people, because the lives of gay people are not portrayed with great accuracy, and it sort of sugarcoats some things. At the time, this movie was considered a shift in the way LGBT people are portrayed in Hollywood, to being more realistic. But it feels kind of staged and fake in some parts, mostly the parts involving Andy Beckett's personal life. I also heard they cut out some scenes where Andy Beckett and his boyfriend Miguel were being more affectionate, including a scene where they were laying in bed together. They probably thought the straight audience couldn't handle that. By the standards of the time that this film came out, scenes involving gay people in this movie were much more accurate than other movies. Overall I enjoyed the film.
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Too much sex
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Teen, 13 years old Written byMovieGuy23 June 13, 2011
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Philadelphia is touching and heartfelt

Philadelphia is a moving journey. A compelling look at AIDS and homophobia in modern society. Hanks gives an Oscar-winning performance as a man dying from AIDS, Washington matches him as a homophobic lawyer who gives him his day in court. Note to parents: The movie mostly contains gay slurs and plenty of homophobia. An appropriate family film with a good message.
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