The Contender

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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age 16+

Thoughtful, enjoyable film for older teens.

R 2000 126 minutes

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age 18+

Introspection vs. Action

The Contender highlights the harm done by jumping on the bandwagon against someone said to be corrupt or offensive BEFORE charges are proven. Look first at the accuser!

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age 16+

Should be required viewing for every high schooler

Fascinating political drama and a peek into the workings of the White House and Congress. The best part is the message this sends about the damage done by a whisper and smear campaign. These days so many kids seek revenge on their peers by starting rumors that they know to be unfounded, maybe without even realizing the enormous damage it can inflict on a person's life. This movie shows these actions for what they truly are. It also portrays political leaders in a positive (if somewhat glorified) light. I especially love the portrayal of a strong female leader who stays true to her principles, despite overwhelming pressure to yield to political expedience. Great movie for older teens, though some will be more fascinated with the couple of scenes of group sex that flash onscreen very briefly.

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