Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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age 10+

Epic Star Wars sequel delivers great performances, action.

PG-13 2015 136 minutes

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age 10+

Based on 111 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 276 reviews

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age 17+

Worst sequel

As bad-possibly worse-than Episode VI. Should so be rated R.

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Too much violence
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age 9+

The first PG-13 movie I let my kids watch, and they loved it

I let my 7 and 9 year old children watch this movie with me. They weren't troubled by the violence, and they are fairly sensitive has I carefully pick all their video content. The scene where Hans dies is emotionally sad, but not gory. Also, both my kids knew of this happening from the numerous SW books in their school library and the overall SW media deluge. It is clear a few minutes before this is about to happen, and as we talked about it beforehand my 7 year old chose not to watch that part. My 9 year old was fascinated but not upset. A light saber goes through Hans and that's it, no visible trauma. I have long resisted the "new" Star Wars movies, being a fan of the original trilogy from my childhood. Over the past year I finally let them watch the original trilogy, which they loved so much. Because of their love for Star Wars, they have been begging to watch The Force Awakens. I held off because it is PG-13 and I was worried about my youngest. But for kids who are big fans of Star Wars, I think it could be OK for the younger set depending on each child. My kids are more disturbed by realistic themes and action, but the "science fiction/space" action seems to be non-troubling. I loved the character Rey, and appreciated seeing such a badass female character introduced. There are also other positive themes about friendship and family. Seeing the main stars from the original trilogy aged is also powerful. Overall I recommend this movie for fans and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it, being the Star Wars traditionalist that I am.
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