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Parents' Guide to

The Old Man & the Gun

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Redford plays a lovable thief in gentle, fact-based drama.

Movie PG-13 2018 93 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+
age 14+

Redford is charming

pleasant easy going movie with subtle humor and wit your drawn to Redford and his character. easy to follow.

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Director David Lowery brings his gentle, dreamy touch to this true story, taking it somewhere above most biopics; it's smaller in scale, with less at stake, but it's also somehow more legendary. In terrific films like Pete's Dragon (which also starred Redford) and A Ghost Story, Lowery slowed things down to give viewers -- and characters -- time to ponder life's strangest, most wonderful moments of magic and mystery. He does the same in The Old Man & the Gun, somehow unhampered by the constraints of a "true story" or "biopic" movie formula.

Redford positively glows here, perhaps enjoying this role more thoroughly than any in a long time. He and Spacek are adorable, Affleck is appealingly flawed (and has several touching family scenes with Tika Sumpter as his wife), and the enviable supporting cast lends a classical weight to the movie. In addition to Glover and Waits, there's also Elisabeth Moss, Keith Carradine, Gene Jones, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and more. Overall, The Old Man & the Gun may feel deceptively slight, and it does prattle on a few minutes too long at the end, but it's an absolute dream of a movie -- one to cherish.

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