The Road

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Touching but grim futuristic tale won't appeal to kids.

R 2009 119 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 12+

Sad but emotional

It does have really harsh scenes but a mature child who understands this is a dystopian world resulting from a major catastrophe will understand why everything is so bleak.
age 18+

Gritty, dark, and very moving yet extremely sad post-apocalyptic story

The whole movie from start to finish is heartbreaking, and the viewer is constantly on edge as a father attempts to survive in a world after the world has ended... in a place where society has completely dismantled and humans have turned to their most animalistic nature, a father travels across the country in hopes of finding a place to survive with his very young son. Throughout, you’re faced with humans who act less like humans than animals, who hunt other humans and band together in groups to thieve and murder in their own attempts to survive. Without explaining why the world had ended at all, father and son are constantly in search of food and shelter for survival. Aside from all of it being extremely grey and dismal and depressing, there are a few heart pounding scenes that show anything from a group of men trying to lure a young boy to them, to father & son discovering a house basement full of starved skinny almost-people who attack them and who obviously have been cannibalized and kept captive to use for food (with limbs missing and cut off). Throughout the whole movie I was on edge and extremely depressed, and even after it ended it seemed to stick with me quite a while. It left me with a heavy heart and gross, depressed feeling, since the whole movie from the beginning— where the wife/mother walks into the burning woods to kill herself, to the end where nothings really even fixed or found, it just kind of ends. It disturbed me quite a bit, almost as much as the Kormac McCarthy novel it’s based off of, but Viggo Mortensen did put on an incredible performance throughout. For anyone touched easily by films with children in them (or who has young children themselves), you may want to steer clear of the heartbreak; and for any children/young teens, I don’t think there’s any purpose to watching at all. It’s quite dark and disturbing and incredibly sad

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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