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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Swedish Forrest Gump + caper comedy has violence, language.

Movie R 2014 114 minutes
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A talented cast, a tight script with genuine laughs, and an easygoing tone held throughout this movie make it enjoyable viewing for mature teens and up who can handle the violence and language. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is an odd combination of Forrest Gump and caper comedy, but it works. There's no Hollywood bloat here, and the movie never tries to be overly dramatic or poignant. Instead it breezes along at a nice pace, with flashbacks woven skillfully into the story with narration so that it's never confusing or hard to follow.

The sharp contrast of the light, comedic tone with some of the violence adds to the shock value and sometimes feels out of place. But viewers will quickly find themselves rooting for Allan and his new friends, including Sonja the elephant. Definitely not a family movie, but parents and older teens who are foreign-movie buffs can enjoy this one together.

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