Parents' Guide to

Will

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

A good man does bad things to survive; violence, language.

Movie NR 2024 110 minutes
Will movie posterL 2 White men in military/police clothing

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Often difficult to watch but always riveting, Will offers a look at the everyday ordinariness of collaboration. A conscience is a luxury, Will tells us. This is a devastating indictment of the human instinct to survive. Although Will himself does not seem to be an anti-Semite, when given the choice of throwing Jews into trucks for deportation or getting killed for disobeying orders, he does what he's told. The movie also reminds us that Nazis did not meet great resistance to their "final solution" policies designed to eradicate European Jews as they conquered country after country. The movie suggests that it took little prodding for many Dutch, French, Ukrainian, and others to denounce, round up, beat, and murder Jewish friends and neighbors and handsomely profit from those activities.

Will, on the other hand, is disgusted by the Nazi barbarity and the cruelty of his fellow Dutch. He risks his life to hide Jews and arranges for their false passports, but, when his life is threatened, he also helps round up and beat Jews for deportation. By then he has tried to live by his conscience, but the price is too high and he will not sacrifice his own life just so he can call himself good.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: January 31, 2024
  • Director: Tim Mielants
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 20, 2024

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