Simon Birch

Movie review by Susan Avery, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Tearjerker is touching but too intense for younger kids.

PG 1998 114 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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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.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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