Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade

2003 G 1h 2m DVD

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Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade

2003 G 1h 2m DVD
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Fans of the Recess gang can follow along as the kids graduate from the fourth grade to the fifth. Join in their joy and laughter with adventures full of hilarious twists and turns, lessons about friendship and the very fun business of growing up.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade features a main character who refuses to go to school to protest changes at the outset of the year that make it less fun until his demands are met. There's minor name-calling such as "freaks," "babies," "stupid," or "punks," a precarious near-fall from a roof, and some mild bullying that mostly involves exclusion, but the main characters work to divert those forces for the greater good. Otherwise it's a fast-paced, hyper-smart, and refreshingly gentle size-up of the politics and power plays of middle school that features smart, diverse kids and adults who are a tad oblivious but eventually come around to seeing things from the kid's perspective. Perfect for the age it dramatizes.

Sexual Content


A kid hangs precariously from a rooftop but is rescued. Some scary monsters at a Halloween party.


"Freaks," "punks," "gooberhead," "dumb," "pathetic," "stupid," "babies."

Social Behavior

Standing up for your beliefs; the power of negotiating; trying to understand where kids are coming from; the little guy can make a difference; treating kids younger than you with respect; seeing other points of view.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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