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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

It goes on a little long, but isn't terrible.

Movie PG-13 2002 117 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+


I watched this movie when I was younger, and I was dumb-founded. It was the best movie I had ever seen. It had me nerve recked all through out, and then there was that splash of relief. It also has it’s humorous moments. I mean, Al Pacino is in it, so how could you expect otherwise? I would say that there is a bit of inappropriate behavior going on in this film. But nothing to deep. I feel that kids should be able to watch this film. Because it is still my most beloved movie to this day.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It is great fun to see Pacino do farce and SIMONE has some deliciously sharp satire. Told that a star is willing to do all her own stunts, including a fall from a plane, a studio executive says, "Shoot it the last day." A radio news broadcast announces that no one is paying attention to world affairs because the Oscar nominations are out. It goes on a little long, but it is one of the better comedies of the summer.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 23, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: January 21, 2003
  • Cast: Al Pacino , Catherine Keener , Winona Ryder
  • Director: Andrew Niccol
  • Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African actors, Female actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 117 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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