The Great Debaters

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Inspiring true story confronts racism head-on.

PG-13 2007 123 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 12+

The great debaters

This is a great movie that presents good world views. This movie is about a black debate team that eventually has to debate Harvard. There is a graphic seen of a black person being lynched and a sex scene.the quality is amazing. Overall a great movie.

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age 14+

much to learn

This movie does an excellent job at tackling the issue of segregation head on. The best part was at the end, when Wiley College beat Harvard when the one student talked about what segregation was like for his grandfather. There is much to learn from this movie about our nation's history and our struggle for civil rights for African-Americans. The lynching and other violent scenes might be too much for some, but mature viewers who can handle them will gain great insight into what life was sometimes like for blacks back then. As terrible and tragic as those things were, it's good that Oprah wanted to show that things like that happened back then, and it's important that people know these things. Not to do so would be to close our eyes and pretend that these events didn't exist.

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