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OK for kids 7+

Excellent story about sportsmanship.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that at the core of this story is a valuable lesson about sportsmanship. Children in the 6-8 age bracket will enjoy seeing someone their own age intelligently portrayed, even if they don't quite grasp his particular gift or the situations it places him in. For older kids, this is one of the greatest movies around for demonstrating -- without preaching -- the value of decency and the payoff that comes from serious study.

  • Families can talk about what good sportsmanship means.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The boy's teacher tells him that to win he must learn to have contempt for his opponents.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Not an issue

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Some mild name-calling.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue