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School Ties Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Stirring movie may be too heavy for some tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that anti-Semitism is expressed by both adults and youngsters -- most older children will understand that the movie aims to communicate how wrong this behavior is, but parents may still want to discuss the topic further after the movie is over.

  • Families can talk about the bigotry depicted in this film.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Characters express anti-Semitism and cheat on a test, but the behavior is portrayed negatively and contributes to the movie's central themes.

What to watch for
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    Violence: David engages in fistfights, most notably in the opening back-alley brawl.

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    Sex: Scattered adolescent boy stuff: The prep schoolers talk about someone's sister performing a sexual act, go looking for sexual adventures at a dance, and show their naked backsides in the shower.

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    Language: Moderate, including "Bastard" and "Jesus."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue