Dead Poets Society movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s fine for teens, but this heavy coming-of-age is probably a bit much for young kids. Excellently targeted at teenage boy audiences, Dead Poets Society is heartfelt and deals with adolescence.


John Keating is a progressive and enthusiastic English teacher who encourages his students to break free from the norm, express themselves uniquely and live life unapologetically.

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Movie details

Director: Peter Weir
Cast: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Josh Charles, Kurtwood Smith, Gale Hansen, Dylan Kussman
Writer: Tom Schulman
Release Date (Australia): 20 July 1989
Runtime: 128 minutes/2h 8m
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film features themes of adolescence and suicide.

Violence (PG)

A character is punched in the face, causing his nose to bleed.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the words “hell”, “damn” and “s**t”.

Nudity (PG)

A nude woman’s breasts are depicted in an image of a magazine.

Sex (PG)

The film contains verbal sexual references and depictions of passionate kissing.

mpaa rating

PG (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

John Keating and his students may certainly build a relationship that reaches to your heartstrings, but the weighty theme is what leaves you in solid thinking mode. Dead Poets Society is the movie that deals with adolescence and inspires possibly life-changing lessons, but is definitely targeted for teenage boys’ attention.

This movie is sometimes quite heavy, but is often wonderful. It provides us with very firm and well-constructed character development between each of the student characters. Alike we’ve seen him many times before, Robin Williams portrays a sympathetic teacher who’s both unique and heartfelt to spend time with, all to the point in which his teachings belong to everyone’s dream teacher.

Alongside the character development, it’s usually predictable but also very challenging to witness the directions they turn towards. This is caused by excellent performers. All of it ends in a very emotional place, with such beautiful music attaching to a truly unforgettable and magnificent quote: “O Captain, my Captain!”

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