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Rudy Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Inspiring sports film about a real life underdog.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rudy includes some scenes of bitter disappointment and brutality on the football field might be inappropriate for younger or more sensitive kids. Expect a bit of rough language "s--t" and "ass" mostly, plus some drinking. The movie extols the virtues of perserverance and hard work.

  • Families can talk about other sports movies. What is appealing about them? Do you ever doubt the outcome? What kind of feelings do they stir up? How does this one compare to other sports films you've seen?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie extols the virtues of perserverance and hard work.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Football field brutality. A worker is killed in an accident early in the movie and lots of people express grief.

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    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Several instances of "s--t," "ass," "crap," and "Goddamn."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Rudy drinks too much in one scene and there are several scenes in bars.