The Elephant Man

Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Heartbreaking drama isn't for sensitive viewers.

PG-13 1980 123 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 15 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

A surreal yet completely human story

The man profiled in this movie is not a Karloff-like creature that has tusks growing from his mouth: Mr. Merrick was a real life human being with an awful condition, but was treated worse than an animal. This movie shows that everyone deserves to be treated the same, and can be a metaphor for minorities, gays, or anyone that has been discriminated for who they are on the outside. I found myself tearing up at Merrick's confessions about his mother and how a beautiful woman had never treated him so kindly. The story of Merrick will stay with you, as will the rest of this beautifully shot, well acted, haunting, mildly surreal film.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 18+

Sad and awesome at the same time.

Now,I admit that this film is not for kids because of some sad scenes.But there is AWESOME drama and it's heartwarming.Teens and adults will survive it,but can kids survive it? Not so much.

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