All member reviews for The General (1927)

Common Sense Media says

Silent masterpiece is enter-train-ment for all ages.
 

Users say

(out of 3 reviews)
age 6+
 
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Teen, 15 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 December 23, 2013
age 4+
 

hilarious Civil War comedy is thrilling and action-packed

Funny, wild, and full of fun, this early Buster Keaton comedy may be silent, but it is VERY funny. with tons of sight gags and slapstick humor, this film will appeal to anyone. but some of the mild but intense action might be too unsettling for very young kids. People are shot with guns and cannons, beaten with slabs of wood, killed when trains fall into rivers, and stabbed by swords. a scene in a forest involves a bear trap and a sudden lightning strike.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byreubli March 23, 2013
age 7+
 

Give you kids a great "silent" experience

Definitely a movie to watch with the kids, who may need to understand some of the backstory (Civil war), plot, and some of the gags. In the first half of the movie, most of the action is on a train with Buster Keaton running over, around and up and down a moving train. The last quarter shows some warfare, but very rudimentary - shooting but no blood, people just falling down). It's still a very funny movie. It's worth going to the Internet Movie Database to review some of the movie trivia ahead of time - there are some fantastic scenes in the movie (train crash, etc) and information on these scenes are included in the IMDB (for instance, in some scenes actors were not warned about events that were planned and their shock on camera is genuine). We watched with a 5, 8, and 11 year old. All three loved the film.
Teen, 16 years old Written bywho3697cares June 20, 2010
age 6+
 
It may be the greatest silent comedy ever made.