The Grapes of Wrath

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Classic John Steinbeck adaptation is still powerful.

NR 1940 128 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

Good for explaining hardship and economic matters matters.

I watched this movie with my 10 year old cousin, and he was a little puzzled by it, but after I answered his questions, he seemed to get the jist of it. He asked "why are okies so looked down upon" and "what is a red", and "why are they so poor." I answered his questions in the simplest and unbiased way possible, such as his "what is a red" question. I told him that a red is an insulting name for a communist, and explained some of the different forms of government, and there pros and cons. He seemed to get it. Then, he said something that really shocked me. He said "every once in a while I see a truck loaded down with furniture and boxes. Are we in a depression today?" I told him that many of the events that are happening today, are shown in this movie, and that we can all learn something from the past. I think this movie would be great for teaching kids about poor people and some basic government. They may not get it at first, but it will get them thinking and can learn from watching the people around us. Hope this helps, and I recommend it to all who want to watch it!

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age 12+

Even better than the book.

The book was a classic,but this is even better yet.It is a nice,sweet movie.Even thought there is some fighting and shooting.

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