Parents' Guide to

The Tribe

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Offbeat Spanish comedy about a sex scandal has cursing.

Movie NR 2018 90 minutes
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This movie is adorable, funny, touching, and instructive. If not for the opening sex scandal, Fidel's bared bottom, and a smattering of adult language, The Tribe would be a wonderful movie to be shared by families. Social divisions created by lack of education, economic deprivation, and the luck of a person's circumstances of birth are all part of the movie's socially conscious subtext, but no ideology gets in the way of the humanity and decency at its heart. As Fidel retrieves the memory of the bad man he once was, he expresses the shame he feels for having been willing to do anything for money, including ruining the lives of his company's workers. He becomes openly grateful for having the chance to learn from his mother's dance class, a group filled with "mommies" of all shapes and backgrounds -- a cop, a cleaning lady -- who dance not for money but for love, passion, camaraderie, and mutual support.

Leon is a fabulous comic actor and amazing dancer, utterly believable as a man recovering from brain injury who can't conjure ordinary words, or call up the way the practical world works. Machi plays his mother as a sprightly fountain of wisdom, empathy, and patience. And she is a force of nature on the dance floor as well.

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