The Mighty

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Good movie about friendship for middle schoolers.
  • PG-13
  • 1998
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence

Some, including children in peril.

Sex

Mild.

Language

Mild.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Menacing character abuses alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some tense situations, children in peril, and a little violence.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 year old Written byTsion April 9, 2008
Adult Written bylp1953 May 9, 2010
I think 4th & 5th Grade students need to see this before Middle School. 4th is the new 6th. 10 is the new 13.
Kid, 10 years old June 27, 2012

A lovely Movie

I love this movie. I think it draws a postive message of friendship. The matter is not violence but intense and a sad scene. Some mild swear words. Overall, thi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpider-Man 2099 November 24, 2015

Interesting Movie!

I watched this movie at school with my class and everyone loved! I thought it was really good! Killer Kane Is Creepy! And there is some strangling in this movie...

What's the story?

In THE MIGHTY, Max (Eldon Henson), a huge boy who has flunked 7th grade twice and Kevin (Kieran Culkin), a tiny disabled boy, help each other in this moving story of the power of friendship and imagination. Inspired by stories of King Arthur's knights, they live by a code of chivalry and honor that leads them into adventures, some enlightening, some dangerous. At first, each completes the other, Kevin telling Max what to do as he rides on Max's strong shoulders. But Kevin ultimately helps Max learn to think for himself, and Max helps Kevin come to terms with his limitations by showing him what he has accomplished.

Is it any good?

The Mighty is inspiring, and a good movie to initiate a talk with middle schoolers about the way all seventh-graders feel like outcasts at times. What Max learns from Kevin makes it possible for him to survive a terrible family history and an abusive father. Kids may also want to read the book, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they've ever felt like an outcast, and what they can do to deal with and even change that type of difficult situation.

Movie details

For kids who love friendship stories

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