Parents' Guide to

Simon Birch

By Susan Avery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tearjerker is touching but too intense for younger kids.

Movie PG 1998 114 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Great Heartwarming Teen Movie. Maybe Too Intense For Younger Viewers

The movie has language including: “a--holes” “s--t” “bulls--t” “bastard” and use of middle finger. The main character is small, and is often bullied and treated differently. He also suffers from child neglect from his parents. There are sexual references including a convo that consists of a woman getting pregnant with a man she just met. Adolescent boys talk about girls breasts. One scene includes a boob grab. A school bus try’s not to hit a deer in the road, which leads to it sinking in a lake (the bus is filled with kids). A few character die from different problems. Lots of smoking (mainly because the setting is the 60s). Overall, it is a good movie, but maybe too intense for viewers under 12.
age 14+

Good message but best for older kids

This movie has a good message but definitely best for teens and up. There is a lot of bad language (s--t, bastard, a--hole, god damn), several references to testicles shrinking in cold water, comments about tween girl’s breasts and they’re the focus of a somewhat long scene (simon stares at them and then grabs them which it doesn’t actually show but is obvious and discussed after) and a comment that believing in God is bulls--t like believing in Santa and the Easter Bunny. My 10 and 11 year old liked it but I would not recommend it for their age range.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (6 ):

This is an excellent film that depicts the power of friendship and forgiveness, embracing diversity, and discovering true parental love. Simon and Joe are best friends who deal with and overcome life's cruelest moments. Joe's mother and her boyfriend are completely accepting of Simon's dwarfism and, subsequently, Simon spends a lot of time at their home, especially since his own parents don't care about him. When Simon accidentally kills Joe's mother, Joe learns to forgive his friend. Joe goes on a quest to find his biological father and learns what it takes to earn the title of Dad. Adoptive families in particular will be heartened by his surprise conclusion. Simon also comes to the rescue when he discovers that his size has its benefits.

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