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Still shot from the movie: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

A young boy (Thomas Horn) struggles to unlock some meaning in the death of his father in the 9/11 World Trade Center Disaster. His quest also opens his eyes to the lives of others. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 120
Theater Release: 20 Jan 2012
Video Release: 27 Mar 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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cooperlaw3234 says: Jan. 29, 2012

RE:  Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

I am the father of a 10 year-old boy. He is fascinated by the events of 911.  I was a 1st Responder. No doubt, my role at the downed towers has caused my son’s robust interest.
I viewed the movie yesterday. I realize that it is marketed to children.  This is a movie which should be rated R. Sadly, children are flocking to it. My sense is that perhaps a teenager of 16 or above could handle this movie.

The movie’s depiction of a Psychologically challenged boy, even before his father’s death, may lead to copy-cat behavior by young viewers.

It is baffling as to why the movie writers, etc. had to include scenes of self-mutilation/brusing by the troubled child and bizarre behavior that any reasonable parent would caution their child against (e.g., asking a complete stranger if he could kiss her). 

At certain points in viewing the movie, I thought that there would be a discussion about securing Psychological help for the boy. You wait and wait for such mention and it does not happen.

Throughout the movie, it is clear to an educated adult that the child is autistic.

When the movie concludes, the writers attempt to dissuade you from disliking the mother—-it turns out that the mother was around and perhaps watching over her child.

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