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The Butler - okay for kids?

I would like to see it and my kids will most certainly be in the room. They have watched some grown-up movies. I like the idea of teaching them history. We try to explain the civil rights movement but I think a movie would do a better job. But I don't know how graphic it is and what the message really is.

My daughter is 8 and she is a fiery little thing. She wants to fight all the injustice. She is biracial black/ white in a white family. I was watching a documentary about Zora Neale Hurston and she said "I'm sort of black." She looks very white and so I'm glad that she is acknowledging her black side. She identifies with a black girl from Africa in her class - they both have black eyes, she says.


My son is 6 and very sensitive and empathetic. He wants to make everyone feel better.

The kids have watched Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, some of Downton Abbey - they can handle grown up drama, but the violence they have seen is all fantasy. I was also thinking of 42 but I don't know if it is too soon or it will be too upsetting for them to see some of that hate depicted on screen. I haven't seen either movie. What do you all think?

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