Parents' Guide to

The World We Make

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Biracial teen couple handles adversity; mature themes.

Movie PG 2019 109 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Great Role Models

My 12 year old daughter loved this movie and it gave us alot of talking points around several important issues. The scenery was gorgeous and I really appreciated the maturity of the teenagers portrayed. I felt it gave my tween some great role-models of teens going after their God-given dreams, but also respectfully breaking down generational racial barriers.
age 12+

Oh boy

Yikes. Let’s review the checklist. Bad acting-check Overly simplified problem gets overly simplified solution-check Buzzwords to stay relevant with the youth of today-check One-dimensional characters-check Skip it and save an hour a half of your life.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This is a touching if somewhat oversimplified look at racism, growing up, and the harsh realities of adulthood. Like a made-for-TV movie, The World We Make presupposes a world without many subtleties, so problems are one-dimensional and solutions are more elementary than they might be in real life. When someone suggests a black young man will be good at basketball just because he's black, he points out the stereotype, and this substitutes for a real exploration of racism.

On the plus side, teens here model mature behavior, work hard, take responsibility for their actions, and hold themselves accountable, which is more than refreshing. There are no curse words, drug problems, or irresponsible acts. The two lead teenagers, in fact, have good reason to scold their dads for being less-than-responsible parents. Jordan cooks dinner for his dad. Lee takes care of her little brother, badly neglected by their grieving father. And as each of them make tough choices based on obstacles they face, tear-jerking moments reliably result. There's much more to be said on a far deeper level about biracial relationships and the grieving process than is said here, but this isn't a terrible start.

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