Private Benjamin

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Funny fish-out-of-water comedy with lots of sexual content.

R 1980 110 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

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age 15+

Great messages, funny but several sexual references

I was considering showing this film to my 10 year old daughter who has a strong feminist streak. I'm glad watched it in advance. ***SPOILERS FOLLOW*** While it's funny, uplifting and has great positive feminist messages, there are several sexual references that would've made me very uncomfortable if I'd watched it with her. Near the start Benjamin's husband coaxed her into giving him a bj in the back of a car. Soon after they have (not particularly fulfilling) sex on the bathroom floor, during which he grunts "I'm coming!" before dying of a heart attack. Later she's sat around a camp fire with her unit, smoking grass and talking about their first orgasms. There's an almost bizarrely light-hearted attempted sexual assault by a senior officer later on, which I would have found particularly uncomfortable. If it concerns you, pretty much everyone in this film smokes. I just see that as historically accurate. There may be other bits I've forgotten but the ones above stuck in my memory. It's a great film but I'll give it a couple more years.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex

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