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Parents' Guide to

To Sir, with Love

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sidney Poitier at his best; teens and up.

Movie NR 1967 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Wonderful Classic!

This is a film that people of all ages can enjoy. It is really one of those endearing films that really brings out the impact of what a teacher can do to make their students better people. Sydney Poitier does a wonderful job in this film and he is such an excellent role model. I wouldn't let real young children watch this film alone because it some have some issues in that they might question and not fully understand but other than that it is a wonderful classic film for the whole family.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 7+

Rick Thackerey "Awesome Of All Teachers


This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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

Poitier is reason enough to watch this film, and his charisma makes the changes he brings to the students' world seem entirely plausible. To Sir, with Love's production design is marvelous and, along with the fine cinematography shot on location, captures the texture of London's East End in the 1960s. The music is a hoot, with song choices that surprise you like charming relics from another era.

Watching this dialogue-heavy movie requires a bit of effort, and young viewers may find their attention drifting. Making out the language can be difficult for those not used to hearing London cockney. But in a world of spoon-fed plots and predictable three-act structures, the film's organic storytelling sets it apart from more standard fare.

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