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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Superb true tale of remarkable teen; some violence.

Movie NR 2019 113 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 16 parent reviews

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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Great messages
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age 9+


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

This title has:

Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (16):
Kids say (11):

In addition to William's inspiring story, this film presents an unforgettable portrait of village life in Africa, advancing awareness of the universality of family relationships and human struggles. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Chiwetel Ejiofor's first writing-directing effort, could not be more impressive. The entire production -- photography, production design, editing, story structure, music -- is stellar. Each performance he elicits is nuanced and alive with the spirit of the story being told. And, while it's likely that Ejiofor has taken some license with the events, the overall effect is enlightening, relatable, and very gratifying. Highly recommended for families to share.

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