The Shawshank Redemption

Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Gritty prison tale has positive messages, lots of profanity.

R 1994 142 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 43 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 157 reviews

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age 15+

The Overall Header On The Shawshank Redemption

The amount of profanity in this movie is such a quantity it is said to have over 300+ words saying "Sh**" and "MotherF**ck*r". How good this movie is, is so adequate it was named the No.#1 best movie in the world with a rating of 9.3/10. Although this is for older teens, how much I highly recommend on why you should watch this movie is out of this world. Overall, it is: Rating: 9.3/10 Age: R=16-17+ years Quailty: 9.7/10 "it was made in the 90s'"

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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age 16+

Amazing movie with some upsetting scenes

This is an amazing and moving film, it is quite a journey that the viewers are taken on. I recommend 16+ without supervision but with a parental figure I would say 14+, the worst of it is the gang rape scenes which will make all viewers uncomfortable but it is not graphic by any means and it is done in a way so that younger teens can close their eyes without missing out on much. The incredible acting is what makes these scenes that much harder to watch but the movie is definitely worth it.

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Great role models

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