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Harold and Maude Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

A classic of dark comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie deals with strong adult themes, such as Harold's obsession with suicide, and makes references to the Vietnam War and the Holocaust. But the overarching message of embracing life is a good one, especially for moody teens.

  • Families can talk about why Harold acted out the way he did. What was he trying to get from his increasingly violent suicide attempts? How does Maude use humor to cope with things that Harold may find paralyzingly depressing?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Maude steals, resists arrest, and drives recklessly. But she also teaches Harold to embrace life.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Harold's faked suicides are grisly, though no one is actually injured. Maude decides to end her own life.

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    Sex: Sex implied when college-age Harold wakes up beside 80-year-old Maude.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue