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To Sir, With Love Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will be see fist fights in class and students behaving rudely towards their teacher, although their misbehavior is mild by contemporary film standards. The film addresses issues of race and class and offers a window into London in the mid-1960s.

  • Families can talk about the film's message. What do you think the filmmaker was trying to get across?
  • Did you think the movie was effective in conveying that message?

The good stuff
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    Messages: This a classic film about overcoming racism, prejudice and learning important life lessons.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Sir(Sydney Poitier) stays above the fray and leads by example. The teens are rude in class, but by contemporary film standards, their behavior is mild.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Fistfights in class.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Mild profanities including "bastard" and "slut."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue