My 3rd grader wanted to choose someone with autism for her American hero to honor one of her autistic friends. Temple Grandin also fit the bill for a feminist who persevered through extreme sexism and staggering obstacles to reach her goals, and beyond! She changed the way cattle are treated and farmed across the country, and continues to change the way people look at people with different abilities. I would show this to EVERY kid 3rd grade and up. I think it was rated higher because grown-ups do not want to acknowledge that conventional cattle farming is cruel and unsustainable--real change makes people uncomfortable. But kids deserve the truth, and they can handle it.
Parent of a 4, 6, and 8 year oldWritten byspokoSeptember 25, 2011
Great movie for kids and up
Not sure why people think this isn't appropriate for kids. My 6 & 8-year-olds loved it. There is one scene where a cow is put down that's probably too graphi c for most kids (though it's less gruesome than I expected)--but there's plenty of warning that it's coming. Hide their eyes for literally a couple of seconds, and it's past. There are also some scenes where she's discriminated against for being a woman, so be prepared to talk about that.
The film is a great story of a woman overcoming a number of obstacles and turning her challenges into real advantages. It's beautifully put together, and does a great job showing how her mind works. Which can be a real eye-opener for kids.
An excellent movie to help kids understand the power of words and how they impact others. Also an incredible insight into the life of one that despite being faced with significant obstacles, she was an overcomer.
This title is great for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It's a solid choice. The only real concern is one cuss word. You should definately watch this film!
Overall Rating: In for ages 11 and up and 8.5/10
Parent of a 1 and 5 year oldWritten byBuckyDFebruary 7, 2011
A well-done film that gives perspective and teaches tolerance
I rated this iffy for 12 because I think that some 6th grade kids would be able to handle the cattle scenes and also really benefit from seeing the world from the autistic sensory perspective. I also think it is important for tweens to understand that teasing and taunting affects the "freaks" just as much as it would affect themselves. The film itself was very well done without being too in-your-face preachy about special needs, instead preferring the message that there is a role for everyone to play in this world.
Parent of a 8 year oldWritten bygibson123January 24, 2011
A truly remarkable story and film
A truly remarkable story and film. Clare Danes is amazing in the role and deserves all the awards she is receiving for it. This movie would be a wonderful tool to help adults and young adults understand and respect those among us with "disabilities".
A wonderful movie for adults and a good one for older teens. The movie shows that although adjusting to life is difficult , that social skills are not that of "regular" people, a person with Autism can contribute to society and live a full life.