West Side Story

Movie review by Kate Pluta, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Musical masterpiece tackles race, with some violence.

NR 1961 152 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 46 reviews

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age 13+

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Don't forget that attempted rape is sexual assault. Saying this movie has very little sex is inaccurate.
age 13+

West Side Story is for people of virtually all ages and all walks of life.

I have to admit that I'm not a parent, and that the 1961 film version of West Side Story is my all time favorite movie, hands down. West Side Story is a great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie-musical that is one of the few musicals that has really succeeded on both stage and screen. The message that West Side Story carries is a double-edged sword, which is part of the beauty of this classic: The deleterious consequences of racial and ethnic hatred, as well as gangsterism, and yet proof that intergroup reconciliation, as difficult as it often is to achieve, is possible, as indicated by the hints of a possible truce between the Jets and Sharks in the end, after Maria prevents them from clashing again after Tony's death by Chino's shooting him, as well as the fact that several Sharks and Jets came together to help carry Tony's body off after he'd been shot and killed by Chino.

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