Saving Private Ryan

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

age 16+

Bloody, tragic war epic doesn't hold back.

R 1998 170 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 70 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 267 reviews

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age 13+

Great war movie

This movie is very touching and a Great War movie. However I would not recommend watching this movie if your child is younger than 13. The movie starts off with the soldiers running on the beach on d-day, it shows people getting shot all around and it shows a soldier walking around with no arm trying to find it. This is one of my favorite war movies.

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Too much violence
age 13+

Only 2/5 for positive messages?

Yes, this is a very violent movie, with very realistic depictions of violence and war. At times this movie is truly horrific, Spielberg refuses to cut away or turn the camera to spare you having to witness the pain and trauma these soldiers endured. BUT THAT'S THE POINT. **Mild Spoilers Ahead** The final message of the movie, delivered by Tom Hanks' character sums up what I consider to be one of the most powerful commissions ever in cinema: "Earn this." Having witnessed the anguish these soldiers bore to purchase our freedom from tyranny, the least we can do is to spend some time contemplating the request. Definitely not a film for young ones - make sure that whatever their age, your kids are mature enough to appreciate this film for it's message and not just revel in the violence. This film is a DRAMA - not an ACTION MOVIE. Aside from that word of caution, I think it is an extremely important film and one that teens SHOULD see and come to appreciate the sacrifice of previous generations and the privilege we enjoy at their immense expense.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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