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News of the World

News of the World
News of the World
News of the World
  • PG-13
  • 1h 58m
  • 2020
Certified Fresh88%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Five years after the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks) moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl taken in by the Kiowa people and raised as one of their own. Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place they can call home.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: News of the World takes a slow but absorbing ride down a comfortingly familiar Western trail, guided by Tom Hanks in peak paternal mode.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Stirring, lyrical Western has peril, some harsh violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that News of the World is a striking Western set in 1870 about a man named Captain Kidd (Tom Hanks), who travels the United States reading the news. He's tasked with transporting a young White girl, Johanna (Helena Zengel), who was taken by the Kiowa people some years before, back to her biological family members -- even though she doesn't want to go. Expect frequent peril and some scenes of upsetting violence, including guns and shooting, deaths, someone being hanged, a field full of dead buffalo, punching, minor bloody wounds, an injured horse being put down, a scary wagon crash, and more. Some of the headlines/news that Kidd reads are potentially upsetting, someone makes a racist comment (it's portrayed as negative), and it's implied that some unsavory men want to buy Johanna. A non-graphic scene suggests that two characters had sex. Sporadic language includes a muttered "f--k," one "s--t," "goddamn," "damn," "hell," etc., plus "thank God," and there's background drinking. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the movie is stirring and lyrical, and, despite some grim sequences, quite enjoyable.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 25, 2020
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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