Planet of the Apes (1968)

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Original Apes mixes smart sci-fi and fighting, sexy stuff.

G 1968 112 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 25 reviews

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age 15+

A hard film for younger kids to understand

You’d think a movie about people in monkey masks would be pretty black and white. Boy would you be wrong. I chose 15+ because that’s when I felt comfortable watching it with my kid. They have to understand there is no real hero in this film. The apes are religious zealots squashing the truth through inquisition like methods. But they also have reason. Humans are evil and destructive. Taylor is proof of this. He has the right to survive and not be lobotomized, but he’s also a eugenacist who looks down on the physical weaknesses of other people and left earth to create a “stronger” race. He also takes a mute, pet-like woman as a trophy. In essence, he’s as monstrous as his captors. Human beings seem to have nuked themselves to the point that the ground is radioactive and Taylor mistakes bomb craters for massive asteroid strikes. If your kids can get all this, show it to them. If not, wait a little longer. Heck, I’m not sure most adults get it.

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Great messages
Too much violence
age 2+

Im in love with Charleston Heston

This movie is perfect for kids of all ages. It shows how destructive human nature can be. Kids should be shown this early on since they have such an open mind and could make interesting interpretations of this movie. It dives subtly into the contradictions between science and religion. I love the movie and appreciate how it is a G rating so kids of all ages can enjoy this amazing deep and thought provoking work of art !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This title has:

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Great role models

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