Swing Kids

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Intense conflict in coming-of-age movie set in Nazi Germany.

PG-13 2002 114 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 4+

Screw the bad reviews!

I seen this as a kid when I was 4. It had an everlasting impression on me as my parents did not remember it, I identified with the young boy and could remember him at the end yelling for his brother. I watched today for the first time since and had no idea how conflicting it was and very captivating. The Swing Kids may not have had the best reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but it was tremendous dramatically, and the acting was far from subpar. It is a gem in the rough and I'm so glad I somehow remembered it. Reminds us all of what war can do and how it can create dilemmas and paranoia in relationships. I believe the motives of the characters were muddy on purpose, and that is the whole point to understand the empathy of all characters involved in corruption. I love swing and it's modern contributions to Hiphop, SWING HAIL!

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age 11+

Good depiction of cultural resistance

My eleven year old son and I watched this movies during a "guy's night" because I liked it when I was young and he's a WW2 history buff so he really enjoyed some of the historical references. Also, my son really likes swing music . You can't hide history from kids and it's up the parent to interpret and describe how the movie compares to history. It's probably a good idea to read a little about "swingjugend" and understand why they felt that they could use a style of music as a way to resist something they didn't believe in. It is also helpful to contrast how young people have used music to resist other political movements. The acting seemed modern but there's really no way to depict a theme that these actors aren't really familiar with. To close, I asked my son, "what did you think of the movie?" and he said, "dad, it was epic! powerful..." I'd say he liked it.

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