The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Movie review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Warm family drama brings the civil rights movement to life.

PG 2013 87 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 10+

Maybe a 3-star

Relevant actors: Skai Jackson-Jessie, Bunk’d

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age 10+

Entertaining & educational

This is a very good movie for kids to see sincere historical reflections and it’s relevance to today. It is also a novel by the same name. Wood Harris and the cast are pretty exceptional. I saw my kids empathize with children their age who had to fight for equality alongside their parents. Truth and empathy are so important for social emotional and intellectual development. There were parts of the movie that may lose some kids’ attention especially if they have not been introduced to social justice matters. My 10 yr old daughter surprised me by explaining that she liked it because it was important and because she wanted to watch it without pause. The little girl from the Disney channel is in the movie and she embraced the character in true form.

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Great role models

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