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Sounder Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

A strong family triumphs over poverty and racism.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's a bit of mild language. But it's all in the service of the movie, which doesn't pull punches in depicting the poverty, desperation, and bigotry of the rural South during the Great Depression.

  • Families can talk about whether movies usually depict life realistically. Do movies ever gloss over distasteful but real life experiences such as poverty, death, or loss? Why or why not? Does this movie do so? Do you think realism adds to or detracts from stories?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Depicts the poverty, desperation, and bigotry of the rural South during the Great Depression.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Implied rather than depicted. The dog Sounder is shot but recovers. Father Nathan Lee Morgan is hauled out of his family's arms and sent to a prison camp, but the resolution of this injustice is the foundation of the film.

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    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false2

    Language: A nasty insult and "shut up" are used casually once each; "bastards" once in righteous anger.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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