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The Winslow Boy


When a young boy claims he was expelled for something he didn't do, his father sacrifices everything to defend his family's honor. Based on Terence Rattigan's celebrated play, adapted and directed byDavid Mamet.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
0 out of 5

Dialogue-heavy period drama too slow for most tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this period drama is almost completely chaste. An adult couple shares one passionate kiss, and there is some discussion about adults embracing romantically, but otherwise the film relies on subtle romantic tension. The pre-World War I setting references the military and the possibility of war, but only as a background element.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about honesty. In the movie, the boy claims he is innocent of the charge against him. Have you ever been accused of something you didn't do?
  • How does the boy make his family believe him?
  • Why does the family sacrifice so much just to prove the boy's innocence?