Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Long Walk Home is a nuanced film about racial tension and the bus boycotts in 1950s Montgomery, Alabama. It contains frequent use of the "N" word, and in spite of its historical accuracy, this makes for some uncomfortable viewing. There is also realistic violence, including punching and slapping, and plenty of scenes of racial hatred and intimidation. Overall it presents a very nuanced look at the tensions of the era through individual relationships, and is an excellent addition to any teen or older tween study of the Civil Rights movement.
The film contains mild peril, frequent harsh language, intimidation, and fighting. In one scene, a teenager punches a younger boy in the face, and his bleeding and bruised face is shown. A boy is punched in the stomach, then kicked while lying down. Three boys push a girl's head into a water fountain stream and then chase her. A woman is slapped across the face. A man punches another man. A mob of men shout racial slurs at a crowd of people. A man busts out the windows of a car with a crowbar.
The film contains the use of the "N" word throughout, as is historically fitting for 1950s America. Elsewhere, there's mildly insulting language and some profanity, ranging from "stupid" to "ass" to "goddamn."
The Long Walk Home offers positive messages about personal integrity in the face of great obstacles, friendship, respect, and doing the right thing.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Casual smoking and drinking are shown throughout. Women smoke cigarettes during a card game, while men and women are shown consuming after-dinner drinks or celebrating at parties.