The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Superb true tale of remarkable teen; some violence.

NR 2019 113 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 10+

educational African cultural ways yet slow for my ADHD kid

It is hard to accept that my son's brain craves high stimulus. This movie portrays cultural simple ways of living that I wish my 11 year old could appreciate to what we have. Yet, we were able to talk a little after the movie to cultural and material differences.

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age 9+

Inspirational

This movie portrays the can-do attitude our world needs more of. I love the focus on problem-solving and a growth mindset.

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