The Lives of Others

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

age 17+

Art battles duty in bracing German spy thriller.

R 2007 137 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 16+

Heartfelt, beautiful ensemble cast performence (esp. from late Ulrich Muhe and the stunning Martina Gedeck) - a cinematic period melodrama.

review pending Working on my latest and greatest honest canon of 100 favorite films. This film is included. For parents, two scenes might be problematic - one with malice featuring a prolonged sexual assault taking place in the back of a beaurocrat's limo. The other, without the malice - a shorter but rather explicit sex scene between a male lead and a prostitute. For kids of good maturing for their age 16/17+

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Educational value
Great messages
age 16+

Amazing but mature

Amazing german spy film that is gripping as well as emotional binding. One of the best made movies of the decade. However, there i some explict sexual conduct with little nudity. There is also a quick scene of violence. But outside of this, I would recommend it to every person I know. Use discresion, but if your teen is mature enough, they should see it.

This title has:

Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models

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