The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Holocaust drama sensitive, but never sentimental.

PG-13 2008 95 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 214 reviews

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age 18+

Not historically based

This is poorly researched fiction pretending to be about the Holocaust. As a teacher, what I find most upsetting is that, upon finishing this book or film, students generally express sympathy for "the little German boy who wasn't even supposed to be there." Through the addition of the propaganda video, students also express a belief that the German people had no idea what was happening in the concentration and death camps. The main idea that students seem to be left with is that it was so sad for the Nazi family, who lost their son even though he didn't deserve to be killed. What a terrifying and dangerous idea to leave with students or any age!
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age 17+

My parents let me watch this movie at 8 yrs old

I had nightmares for at least 2 weeks after watching it and freaked out after learning I had to watch it again, for school, years later. If that’s not enough I also once made a joke while driving through some smoke from a wild fire that “it smells like Jews” (I was 9 or 10). I stand by the fact that I hate sad movies and avoid them at all cost. I also wouldn’t recommend ‘Braveheart’ or ‘2012’ which I am also traumatized by.

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Too much violence

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