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The Birds Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film isn't dirty, gory, or any of the other things parents fear from brutal modern horror flicks, however some of the scenes, particularly the one where off-screen birds attack and wound screaming children on a playground, are downright disturbing. Most of the fear is derived from suspense.

  • Families can talk about respecting animals and their habitats. Why do the birds attack humans?
  • Hitchcock is considered the master of suspense, never showing violence,but always implying it. Do you find movies scarier with or withoutonscreen gore?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: No gore and violence takes place off-screen, but some of the scenes, particularly the one where off-screen birds attackand wound screaming children on a playground, are downright disturbing. Some deaths.

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    Sex: Innuendos are couched so delicately they'll sail right over the heads of anyone under high-school age.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are shown drinking alcohol; one character is presented as an amusing drunk.

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