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By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.

Movie PG 1993 112 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 8+

Inspiring and wholesome

I found this inspiring, and my whole family was attentive, from 8 to middle school, high school, and young adult. I saw reviews complaining about the language, but I didn't think that was a major detractor, even for our family where no one uses profanity. The mild profanity seemed more for character development and I didn't believe it was presented in a way that would shock our 8 year old or make her want to imitate it.
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age 18+

Says "GD" repeatedly, language needs 5 stars

Love this movie but severely disappointed bc of the stars for language were low, but in fact has very poor language as in "GD" multiple times, for a PG a movie that's insane
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (24):

This film's endless climaxes and disappointments, subtle humor, strong characters, and excellent pacing keep it focused and engaging. Rudy is a movie about perseverance and grueling hard work. Rudy is an unimpressive daydreamer, a working-class kid for whom education is a stumbling block -- it emerges he has dyslexia -- and a hurdle that must be cleared to realize his dream to play football for Notre Dame.

For all of Rudy's rage and frustration and doubt, he has no sticky self-pity, and Jon Favreau adds the necessary humorous touch as the friend who tutors Rudy in exchange for assistance with meeting girls. The strong supporting cast also includes Ned Beatty as Rudy's emotionally distant but proud father. There's much for kids to gain from this movie, not only in Rudy's unyielding determination but in the personal sacrifices his teammates are willing to make for him. More than the wildest science-fiction or fantasy story, Rudy will make you believe that anything is possible.

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