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Parents' Guide to

Railway Children

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

WWII-set family drama has themes related to war, racism.

Movie PG 2022 95 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Very deep, and quite violent

Would have expected a higher rating after having seen it, maybe a PG 12? Particularly due to violent scenes showing a young black soldier being kicked on the floor by military police (just for not being white) and a young girl running from a plane which drops a bomb. Some lovely messages about equality, friendship, and the teen years, but would think twice about taking a 3 and 5 year old. My 9 year old would have been fine if he had been with us but a more sensitive child of 9 that we went with found it too scary.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This sequel to the popular 1970 tearjerker has that classic, British cinematic charm that makes for a film that can be enjoyed and appreciated by the whole family. Railway Children has nostalgic elements for adults -- for instance, the appearance of Jenny Agutter, who starred in the original series and movie. But for younger members of the family and newcomers to the Railway Children world, it offers a somewhat progressive entry point into this period of history. The film looks at the racially charged in-fighting within the British army and Allies during WWII, something not often addressed in this genre.

It's not quite as moving as the original 1970 movie. But it does have a Spielbergian quality to it, similar to the likes of E.T., in the way the kids come together to save the day. The casting is great, too. The young actors are all really impressive, which is a relief as they take center stage.

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