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12 Angry Men Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a gripping drama that makes assets out of a simple situation (the ordinary deliberations of a jury) and setting (the room where they have been sequestered). Despite its age, this drama still has a lot to say about the principles on which the American justice system is based, as well as issues of prejudice.

  • Families can talk about confusing aspects of the legal system and the complex topic of prejudice. Parents may also want to explore the idea of being tried by a "jury of your peers," since it's easy for kids to assume that peers are people who are similar to the accused in nearly every way.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The fact that this jury is made up exclusively of white males should be explained to kids as a sign of the film's time period.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A young man is accused of stabbing his father to death.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: One "damn."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue