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Parents' Guide to

Silver Skates

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Romantic historical drama has violence, drinking.

Movie NR 2020 137 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 15+

Lack of ethics

Ethics : The hero join a gang of thieves. The robbery is presented as a fun game, thieves as malignant. The theft is morally justified: the thieves consider that the wealth of the bourgeoisie is not really theirs and should therefore belong to everyone (many speeches of communist inspiration). They also drink quite a lot of alcohol. Sex : Thieves date vulgar women, with open blouses, we see them touching and kissing their breasts. There is also a short sex scene between the hero and the heroin. Violence : There are shootings. Quality : My son (13 years'old) liked it, I didn't and considered he was too young to watch this movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Silver Skates is a storybook Russian turn-of-the century period romance that at 137 minutes goes on a bit too long, and with its unlikely ending feels a bit forced. What redeems it is two appealing leads, Fedor Fedotov and Sonya Priss, coupled with lavish costuming and settings and exciting skating demonstrations by skilled skater-actors. This has a Dickensian feel, in which the rich are clueless about the debt they owe to the thousands of serfs on whose labor their wealth is built. Characters are underdeveloped, and our understanding of them relies on clichés about the decent poor and the rapacious and blindly privileged nobles. This a Titanic reboot on ice, with the romantic ingenues far less fleshed out than they were in the famed tragic shipboard romance.

The use of German philosopher Karl Marx's Kapital as a banned ideology foretells the irony that the loosely Marx-inspired brand of socialism-communism would one day bring down the oppressive aristocracy and replace it with an equally oppressive and arguably more murderous regime. (Only a few decades later Stalin would kill millions of his countrymen to maintain power.) The political references are drastically oversimplified, giving this one more category in which the movie disappointingly underperforms.

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