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Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Inspiring true story of teen boy making a difference.

Movie NR 2006 91 minutes
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SPIRIT BEAR is sure to speak to activists who think they're too young to make a difference. Simon's a wonderful role model for kids. On that level this true story is highly recommended.

As far as the quality of filmmaking goes, though, it could use a little spit and polish. The trying-to-be-hip peppy soundtrack cuts in and out jarringly and the storytelling jumps around some. Some characters are a bit too one-dimensional, like the politician (Pamela Sinha) and the logging company president (Ed Begley Jr.). But all in all it's still fine family entertainment that will get kids thinking about what they're passionate about.

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