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Standing Up

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Insightful, frank look at how two kids survive bullying.

Movie PG 2013 93 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Standing Tough

As a parent, I like how the movie developed from start to end. Older kids would surely find the film very insightful and worth reflecting on. Grace's character looked frail and scared in the beginning, but, thanks to Howie's help and courage, he rubbed off strength and courage to Grace as the film progressed. The kids may have stolen clothes and money, but it couldn't be helped considering their situation. Howie's writing an IOU would especially be recalled in the film's later scenes. This is a story of two kids standing up to bullying and being branded as "goats", and coming out as winners and being braver and stronger than their bullies.
age 12+

Amazing movie

I highly recommend to any kids 12 and up, it was a awesome film!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Sensitively directed by D.J. Caruso, this earnest effort to film a beloved book feels authentic in its portrayal of this traumatic childhood event. The two lead actors are convincing, delivering the goods in subtle ways that show both their individual growth and the growing bond between them. In heartfelt moments that young audiences will certainly relate to, the two kids struggle at first with their role as victims, and later blossom as their journey helps them build confidence, self-respect, and confirms their inherent good values.

Along with Howie and Grace, kids should gain insight into why some people are hurtful, how they themselves might react if they were among the accepted kids, and exactly what makes some of us the designated "goats." Generally, Standing Up is a well-made film, tarnished only by the mostly one-dimensional adult characters and some substandard performances in smaller roles.

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