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Age by Age Review For: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG-13
Age-By-Age Guide
Life Lessons
The eight-year-old son of a Nazi officer befriends a young Jewish boy on the other side of a concentration camp fence.

Based on John Boyne's bestselling, award-winning book, this must-see movie puts a tragic period of history into terms kids can understand. Potential audiences--who may think from the title that this is a lighthearted comedy--should know going into it that it is a beautiful, powerful but devastating story about the Holocaust. The two young actors will break viewers' hearts and their story will haunt tweens for a long time to come.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Tweens (10-12)
Maybe This movie should be required viewing for everyone 12 years old and older. It is very intense and disturbing, but it's important for people to see because it depicts the Holocaust through the innocent eyes of a child and gives it a very personal perspective. Children will experience the events through Bruno, who doesn't understand what's really going on behind the fence. When he starts to get an inkling, he doesn't want to believe his father is in charge of such evil. Young viewers will relate to the boys' desire to become friends, and will be horrified at a world that will do anything to prevent it.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
Deleted scenes and a "Friendship Beyond the Fence" featurette.
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Presents the Holocaust in a way children can understand
  • Celebrates the innocence of childhood
  • Condemns anti-Semitism and violence
  • Encourages acceptance of each other's differences
Movie Minuses

  • The atrocities of the Holocaust