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The Walk

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Terrific, heart-pounding, gravity-defying true story.

Movie PG 2015 123 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 11+

Great movie - inspiring story of following one's passion

This is a well written and performed movie about following your dream and how amazing success requires teamwork. Some of the content might not be good for younger kids as it involves breaking the law, taking serious risks, and adult themes, but there is not really any violence or other questionable behavior.
age 10+

The rebel wire-walking artist is worth watching

This movie is mostly for older elementary age and older, maybe even tweens and older. It is TWO HOURS long and can be slow in parts. But the wait for the moment in which Petit sets foot on the wire 110 stories above ground is very much worth it. Petit has a crazy dream, but with tenacity and a good posse of friends he pulls off "the coup." The one annoying thing (besides the length of the movie) was the guy that was hight on post the entire time he was on screen. There could have been other ways to portray someone as the stoner w/o actual marijuana.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (13 ):

Director Robert Zemeckis' movie is relatively simple but wonderfully exhilarating; it has the power to make your palms sweat and catch your heart in your throat. (Don't try this at home!) Zemeckis is a whiz at technologically advanced movies that tell ever-so-slightly dark stories, but with a bright style and a warm heart. In re-creating this astounding feat of tightrope walking, his camera follows effortlessly, giving us a smooth, 360-degree view of the abyss around Petit's wire. We are with him on every step of his journey.

Some have complained that the 123-minute movie is a slow starter, but Levitt's feverish, dedicated performance energizes the first half. He narrates from the dizzying top of the Statue of Liberty, showing off a convincing French accent (and snippets of actual French), as well as his own freshly learned tightrope-walking and juggling skills. For those who can appreciate anticipation as well as a payoff, THE WALK is totally satisfying.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 30, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: January 5, 2016
  • Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Ben Kingsley , Charlotte Le Bon
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Inclusion Information: Indian/South Asian actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: History
  • Run time: 123 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • MPAA explanation: thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking
  • Last updated: August 19, 2023

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