In this gem of a movie, THE SWING KIDS are German university students living in Hamburg in 1939 who refuse to join Hitler’s National Socialist cause and instead rally around swing music as the expression of their personal freedom. Carefully researched and beautifully detailed, this historical drama of life in WW II Germany will appeal to anyone who loves history, music, dance, or wonders what it was like to live during that era. More than that, SWING KIDS presents a realistic, moral hero and a hopeful ending that allows one to leave the theater with a renewed conviction to serve God faithfully, no matter what the cost. The movie opens with joyful jitterbugging at the Cafe Bismarck in Hamburg and zeros in on Peter, Thomas and Arvid. Peter goes home to a wonderful mother, an adoring younger brother and a senile grandmother. Peter’s mom works in a factory since her husband’s untimely death six years earlier at the hands of the National Socialists (Nazis). Thomas, lives the life of privilege, but his doctor father hasn’t a clue about good parenting. Arvid is an intense, club-footed musician, wholly devoted to his music.
SWING KIDS is a rich tapestry of life and the struggle between good and evil which touches us all. All the characters give great performances. Echoing God’s encouragement to his faithful but fearful prophet Elijah, Peter cries out, “I know who my friends are! I am not alone!” And so, it encourages us.
(B, L, M, N, S, VV) A moving story of German teenagers struggling to do what is right in Nazi Germany, slightly marred by: 4 obscenities & 1 crude reference; a night scene where 3 friends urinate on a propaganda poster; brief scene of school boys passing around postcards of partially nude women (upper-female nudity); implied promiscuity between policeman and shop owner; and, realistic (but not gratuitous) violence, including 4 very bloody beatings, 1 murder by police shooting into the water, & 1 death shown after the fact.