The 400 Blows

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Landmark French drama of restless, troubled boyhood.

NR 1959 93 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Calm, slow and super powerful!

Easy to forget how centering a child's perspective in a film with real-life consequences is revolutionary in 1959 (and arguably in 2022 as well). A film that speaks volumes in its everyday moments and reminds us that how you came into this world influences how you see yourself in it. A masterpiece...offering a platform for those who many times are both vulnerable and spoken for but not listened to.
age 12+

3 Stars by today's standards

Based on what I have read about the film, I'm sure when this was made it was worthy of 5 stars. By current standards it had: • no positive messages • no positive role models • no violence to. speak of • no sex to speak of - at most 1 dot on this rating system • language again 1 or 2 dot rating at most • no consumerism • Drinking smoking - a 3 dot rating I would say Overall, there was little action or plot. Very little of that was interesting or subversive. In fact, I enjoy a movie that can take you on a journey...even if it is sad or strange. But a great movie offers something fascinating or poignant that happens or you learn something; or maybe even offers some redemption. I found none of that here. In the end, it was too sad that the main character had no kind adult in his life and all the adults were so selfish/unkind (probably not by the standards of the time). At the end of the day, it made me appreciate the times that we live in when it comes to children’s discipline and parenting.

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