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 47 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Don't foget

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

High Art But Not For Children

We thought we'd let our 9 and 6 year olds see this one... Boy what a mistake! The violence is visceral, there's a great deal of hate language to explain, and at the end of the day, a musical in this context is hard to explain... Like, why are they singing and dancing when they're killing and beating each other up? A pretty good bet for a high school junior or senior, when prefaced with the proper sociological background. But no matter how good the movie is (and it's one of the best ever) it is definitely NOT suitable for children 16 or under.
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