Testament of Youth

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Heartrending WWI drama has heavy content, strong heroine.

PG-13 2015 129 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 12+

A Reminder of Why War Never Should Happen.

At the start of the movie I wasn't sure how it received the high ratings. But as the story evolved, I couldn't stop watching. Definitely a must watch.

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age 12+

Great moving film, mature for younger children

I saw this movie a few months ago while living in the United Kingdom, and it was one of the greatest movies I have seen in a long time. I was even driven to read Vera Brittain's autobiography, which I would highly recommend. The film is a rare war movie that focuses on a woman and what is happening at home, emphasizing how all people, not just soldiers, were affected. With that said, the actual fighting and war content was far less gruesome and frequent than I would have guessed from the trailer. However, the tragedy and loss that affects Vera's life is what makes this film very difficult to watch. At some points, it does not move very quickly, and younger children may not yet have the emotional maturity to understand this movie. However, it is an excellent film, especially around the centennial of the war, to take older children to in order to remind them of what has gone on in our recent history.

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