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By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A complex, violent movie for older teens only.

Movie PG 1981 126 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Horrible for children

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Our review:
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Kids say (4 ):

Few films capture what it means to play at war -- and to experience a real battle -- than TAPS, which is a brilliant tragedy. Director Harold Becker and writer Robert Mark Kamen thoroughly explore what war meant in 1981. After all, in 1981, there was no serious war underway in the U.S. War was not an immediate, tangible thing to most Americans. Instead, the war at Bunker Hill is theoretical and ideological. It's an idea borne of the culture wars, where the noblesse of the military contrasts sharply with the crassness of the outside world -- or so it seems.

As the film progresses, it seems to question everything it sets up in the first half, challenging viewers to consider whether this battle is worth fighting to the death, juxtaposing the "playing at war" with the reality of a military battle, with deserters, sanctions, and fatalities.

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