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Dunkirk-Kids Movie Review

Dunkirk is a World War II film where Allied forces are surrounded and trapped on Dunkirk beach. A private English citizen named Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance), his son Peter, and Peter’s friend George, volunteer to cross the channel and rescue as many soldiers as they can transport, hoping to rescue thousands of troops off Dunkirk’s beaches. The trio risk their lives to rescue the soldiers despite the danger in a war torn area. Dunkirk is a powerful story about the horror’s and heroes of this well known battle.






DunkirkRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: July 21, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Possibly




Talking Points:

This is an educational film that will spark some great parent/child conversations. The battle at Dunkirk  was devastating and resulted in many deaths. However, the films highlights the courage and heroism in many characters who risked their lives to help others.

A commander noted in the film that they were hoping to save 30,000 soldiers. When the operation concluded they rescued some 330,000 troops safely off the beaches.

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are numerous casualties from explosions and character’s being shot. We see characters drowning and swept to sea, soldiers burn in an oil fire, a character walks into the ocean, presumably committing suicide. Having said that we don’t see a lot of bloody and gory scenes.

Crude or Profane Language:

  • The f-word is said twice. We also hear “sh-t,” “d-mn,” and “h-ll.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see soldiers drinking beer.

Will Kids Like It? Maybe

  • After talking to several teens I found that mature teenagers will most likely find the story educational and interesting.

Overall parents need to aware of the mature subject matter and excessive violence.

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