Richard Jewell

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

age 15+

Effective true story about heroism and human nature.

R 2019 129 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 8+

Amazing Story of Good, Evil and how power corrupts

Another amazing Clint Eastwood film, great performances, and it will leave you disgusted at what the FBI and DOJ did to Richard Jewell and his family.

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age 14+

Good true story that needed to be told.

This movie may or may not interest a lot of teens. It occurred the summer I got married, and I remember all of it. However, for teens, this is a historical movie that occurred almost a decade before they were born. The movie shows a very real depiction of an overly enthusiastic man in the world of security and law enforcement. The film walks us through critical thinking about the man's credibility, showing us the FBI's incorrect trail to Jewell and the headline-hungry media's rush to judgement all while showing the real story of Jewell and his mother managing the ordeal with help from their attorney. I think the portrayal's of Jewell and his mother are very good. Sam Rockwell does a good job as the attorney, a role that does not push the limits of his range. I thought a few times during this movie that it was too bad it did not come out while Richard Jewell was still living. Richard Jewell is portrayed as a flawed hero, and it is a chronological, personal retelling of his story. Language is nothing that every American kid 13 to 15 does not encounter regularly in life. There is no sex or nudity. The product placements are understandable considering the endearing Snickers moment between two characters, the role AT&T in 1996 Olympics sponsorship, and the realistic presence of Coke and Budweiser in Georgia in 1996. A bomb goes off. There is some brief depiction of injured people, some of whom are bloodied. Jewell turns out to be a decent, imperfect/human role model. Cute Beagle in the Jewell household. Good pacing. Entertaining. A little history lesson for people in their 20s or younger. Good movie.

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