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Parents' Guide to

The Green Mile

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Compassionate movie, but has stereotypes, violence, cursing.

Movie R 1999 188 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

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Based on 18 parent reviews

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I know parents will think that their kids should not watch this, I thought the same thing so I watched the movie before i let my kids watch it and yes there is abit of violence but there is heaps of positive messages and it’s a really inspiring movie and my kids struggle with thinking that after watching violence and thinking it’s ok but no signs of that we’re shown so if your kids struggle with this do not worry about showing this movie to them because there will be no negative impacts

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (77 ):

This is a compassionate and well-intended movie with outstanding direction. The plot veers into melodrama at times, with at least one coincidence that's overly convenient, but the humanity of the guards keeps the movie on track most of the time. Hanks plays his most recognizable character type: someone fair, kind, and capable. Bonnie Hunt's performance as Edgecombe's loving wife is a pleasure to watch. Doug Hutchison is terrific as Percy, the nephew of the governor's wife who's assigned to work for Edgecombe and whose combined arrogance and insecurity lead to disaster. And while it's unfortunate that Duncan is forced to shoulder an amalgam of stereotypes, his stellar performance showcases Coffey's innocence and goodness.

It's pretty easy to make a movie where the hero saves the Earth from asteroids or blasts the villains into smithereens, because those kinds of battles give us lots of very cool stuff to look at. It's a lot harder to make a movie that highlights the heroism of small gestures. Teens, who may feel that the problems of the world are too overwhelming to address, can learn from this movie that a small courtesy can have an enormous impact. Just be ready to discuss the ways in which The Green Mile reduces Black and mentally disabled characters into stereotypes.

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