Red Dawn (1984)

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Controversial, bloody 1980s WWIII film with teen heroes.

PG-13 1984 114 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 19 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Violent, But Fine For Most Teens

Though this 80's movie is surprisingly violent at times, most teenagers could probably handle it. Nevertheless, expect a ton of shooting, explosions, and somewhat uncomfortable scenes. In fact, the most graphic scene occurs when one of the Wolverine's choose to execute a traitor in their midst. This scene includes a point blank shooting of an unarmed individual, with the victims body falling over the shooter, leaving a large, bloody smear across his uniform. There are numerous other scenes of people being shot, sometimes with accompanying sight of blood, but rarely any, if any at all, injury detail. There are also 3-ish uses of the s-word, along with SOB, though its far from gratuitous.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 12+

An American Classic!

Although violent at times, Red Dawn is a feel good patriotic movie that promotes a message that no matter what the odds, a small group working together can achieve an outcome thought impossible!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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