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Parents' Guide to

Saints and Soldiers

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Thoughtful, engaging World War II movie has battle violence.

Movie PG-13 2005 90 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Beautiful sad story about self sacrifice

Saints and Soldiers may have been a low budget film, but it was beautifully done, with amazing actors. I for sure cried when I saw it the first time. There is a little bit of violence and blood, but nothing extreme at all. A few profanities, a little infrequent language and maybe 1 or 2 sexual innuendoes. But other than that, it is fine. Such a powerful movie, especially for young-older teens to watch.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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All in all, SAINTS AND SOLDIERS proves that a great story with a low budget is always better than a lousy story with a big budget. The acting is strong, and the production is solid. Although the story occasionally veers dangerously close to wartime clichés -- the soldier who just wants to "kill some Krauts," the snobby British soldier, one-liners riffing on the theme of "war is hell" -- war, unlike so many other movies, is not glorified or glamorized here. The bullets fired don't care if the characters are heroes or not. The characters do break out of their archetypes into three dimensions, and even the enemy and the civilians emerge as human.

Although it's certainly a movie more likely to be enjoyed by fans of World War II-set films, the movie's themes of faith, valor, and camaraderie should have appeal even if war movies aren't a family's favorite. It isn't the greatest war film ever made, but it's thoughtful and engaging on its own terms.

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