The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

BBC's 5-part series shows a feisty, moody, realistic Anne.

NR 2009 150 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 46 reviews

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age 14+

The immaturity level of my classroom is just dashing. (I am 14 years old btw)

To start off, it's very informative for young viewers. But let me put that aside. When we were watching this in class, it got VERY uncomfortable. She takes her sister's bra and stuffs it with cotton balls. Being a girl I couldn't help but notice the boys in my class, giggling away. Oh and it gets worse. She goes to her sister and straight up asks her "Margot, how old were you when you got your period?". Her sister was very confused as was I. OH and you haven't even read the best part. She has a sleepover with her friend and says something along the lines of "I really want to grow up, and I wish I had breasts of my own". Just by reading that it probably made you cringe in your seat but then she goes on to say "I've never felt them, can I touch yours?" And she reaches in when her friend says "HELL NO" or something like that. Can you imagine what I felt watching and listening to that! With immature boys who can't deal with those things? And I don't know how my teacher even let us watch that! Anyways that is what I thought about it. P.S that is only half of it, because I haven't watched the other half yet XP

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Too much sex
age 12+

Students WILL understand

I can see why some teachers/parents might be reluctant to show the elements of the Holocaust, WWII, Hitler, etc. to young students, but I do not think we should shield their eyes from HISTORY and allow them to process and think for themselves. I am always astounded by the responses of my students when we analyze what happened with Anne Frank, and it really puts into perspective the value of life. I say every middle school student MUST watch.

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