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White Lion

By Lisa A. Goldstein, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Poignant story blends gorgeous footage with mild peril.

Movie PG 2010 88 minutes
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This splendid, award-winning film -- which took four years to make and was shot on location in South Africa -- stars up to 60 wild lions. The intimate look at the lions and their habitat is fascinating to watch. Other animals indigenous to Africa are also remarkably captured. It's like going on safari from the comfort of the living room.

But it's not all sweeping vistas and butterflies. There are scary and graphic moments that may make this movie difficult for kids. Young ones could also get impatient with the slow pace. The point is to show that these animals live in what should be a peaceful world, but is one increasingly threatened by humans. Letsatsi's journey helps drive the point home; with everything coming together poignantly at the end.

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