The Glass Castle

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Strong acting, intense themes in emotional book-based drama.

PG-13 2017 127 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 14+

A few touchy scenes not mentioned in review

Not mentioned in the description of the film is a scene where the boy was in the beginning stages of being molested by his grandmother and an ensuing fight (I fast forwarded once I saw where it was going so the kids couldn't see it). If I had known this scene was in the movie, we would not have watched it at all.
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age 12+

People not impacted by alcoholism or addiction may not understand the brilliance.

This movie was perfection. I see it isn't completely well received. I also see that perhaps it's inappropriate for children. Here's the thing, if your children have been exposed to alcoholism then this actually may be very helpful for them. If they have not then it may not really be healthy for them to see (or perhaps- as a preventative measure to teach children about the total instability that addiction causes even in wonderful people). People not grasping addiction may still see the beauty of this movie.... Though I'm not honestly sure. It's discouraging to see negative reviews- but it makes sense since much of review writing society may not really be able to connect with this- therefore not seeing it's true masterpiece. In terms of representing the reality of addiction, I'm not sure there's ever been a movie to even come close.

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