The Motorcycle Diaries

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Subtly political biopic won't interest most teens.

R 2004 128 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 13+

Excellent and Subtle

This is a beautifully shot movie based on a book. It has an outstanding lead actor that skillfully and subtly touches upon the injustices outside of the U.S., which the US. helped create, through pillaging other countries’ land, resources and people. What corporations do when given this much power (i.e. United Fruit Company) is another story - not part of this film but something educated adults will know. Kids will simply see this as a an adult friends’ road trip movie — but Ernesto at points realizes the horrific injustices of poverty of his neighbors, for example the way his countries treat people in poverty and those with leprosy. The end is particularly inspiring. Well worth watching, especially for adults to see a tiny piece of history that created these revolutionaries.

This title has:

Great messages
age 18+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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