Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Difficult-to-watch but beautifully performed survival tale.

R 2015 118 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 49 reviews

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age 15+

Extremely faithful adaptation leaves you soaring with hope

When I read Emma Donoghue's "Room" in 2012, I knew I just HAD to adapt it. It had so much potential as a movie, but to me, especially a play. I still think the play is a good idea, it's an idea that completely lends itself to a small space. But obviously the studio saw the talent in the pages, and had Ms. Donoghue adapt her novel into an Oscar-nominated script that was so lucky to feature Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in the starring roles. One thing I'm not sure people appreciate is the movie is seriously all from Jack's POV. Larson might've gotten top billing but Tremblay is the star here. Jack kinda gets on your nerves in the novel, but he's supposed to. He's 5 and obviously ultra naïve about the world because of his limited scope. You are with this little boy the entire time, and you feel wonder when he feels wonder, frustration when he feels frustration because director Lenny Abrahamson and the fabulous production design have established his world so wonderfully. Larson won just about every possible award last year, and it's merited. Ma is a rich role, one of the strongest mothers ever depicted onscreen, and her baby is the only thing holding her together. I don't want to spoil what happens in "Room," just please go watch it. I take that back. Read the book, THEN watch it. It's a rare case where they're nearly even matched.

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age 14+

Powerful, Emotional, at Times Depressing Drama

Room is a powerful drama about woman who is raped, confined to a tiny room and gives birth to a son. The film centres around the relationship between Ma (the mother) and jack (the son) and the way he sees the world living his life in a tiny room. Violence : 1/5 This film has little to no violence but is very serious and at times very depressing as it deals with serious themes like suicide, rape and abduction. A woman is strangled by a man for a brief period of time. Language 3/5 About 5 F-Words, other mild profanities. Sex and nudity : 3/5 No nudity at all. Sex/rape is heard. A woman’s naked silhouette is seen behind glass when she is taking a shower. Drinking, Drugs and Smoking : 2/5 A woman tries to kill her self by overdosing on prescription pills. Messages : 3/5 Messages about parently love, family and determination.

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