Between the World and Me

TV review by Martin Brown, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Memoir adaptation highlights police brutality and racism.

HBO Max Drama 2020

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age 12+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Meditation on race better for teens

I'd beg to differ on the 5-star rating for language and violence--both are rare (not pervasive) in this film, and are based in reality. There is little to no footage of the violent acts the film refers to. This film is a lyrical presentation of language from the book, which is often used in high schools and college classes. While there's nothing in the film a mature tween couldn't handle, the pacing, lyrical language and themes are more effective for older teens and up. I think reading the book is still the most effective way to absorb its message, but if you or your kids are more watchers than readers, this film is a gorgeous medium too.

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