The Giver

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

age 11+

Pain makes life colorful in dystopian adaptation.

PG-13 2014 94 minutes

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age 10+

Based on 24 reviews

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age 10+

Based on 93 reviews

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age 12+

The Giver: Movie Versus Book

Like the novel, the movie depicts a world that initially seems perfect – hatred, war, pain, and fear have all been eliminated, and “sameness” is the law of the land. However, maintaining sameness means there is no individuality, free choice, emotional bonds, competition, tender memories, or anything else that would make people unique or give meaning to their lives. The movie is very similar to the book, though the main character is an older teen. The movie contains 3 or 4 emotionally-intense scenes. For example, as the main character is exposed to human history, he experiences soldiers fighting on a battlefield where some will be hit by gunfire and killed. (No blood is shown.) He also witnesses animal poachers who kill an elephant for its ivory; the audiences sees it stagger and fall after being shot. As in the book, lethal injections are used to “release” the unwanted from society. The main character and the girl he begins to care for hold hands, and they share two brief kisses in the course of the show. There is nothing lewd in their relationship, and there is no inappropriate language in the movie. Unless your child is highly sensitive, the movie (like the book) should get them to think critically about the real world and about ideologies that seek to eradicate bad behavior with utopian promises. Such works vividly illustrate the dangers of too much government control.
age 11+

Great Life Lessons In The Giver

The Giver is inspirational and explains to kids that a life without pain and no emotion is not a good life. It also explains that even as it may seem so, nothing is perfect.

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