Parents' Guide to

101 Dalmatians (Live Action)

By Maria Llull, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Engaging live-action canine caper has some peril, pratfalls.

Movie G 1996 103 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 6+

Hilarious and fun; one inappropriate scene

The movie is a lot of fun and Glenn Close's performance is brilliant. My 7-year-old loved it. We don't actually see it, but it's very heavily implied that Roger and Anita have sex on the day they first meet. This was totally uncalled for and inappropriate for a movie kids will watch. I'm not sure how anyone thought it would be a good idea to include that. It went over my kid's head, but kids any older than her would probably catch it. Some outdated gender concepts made me roll my eyes, and the villains often say "bloody."
age 12+

Not the classic

Classic Disney movie that went the other way as always. Why include unnecessary adult scenes (flirting, kissing)! What is the purpose for a KIDS audience

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Glenn Close plays Cruella with gusto, and it's easy to see that she had fun with the part. Despite the slight modernization of the story line, 101 Dalmatians retains most of the original innocence of the story. Sure, it gets a bit sappy, but it's refreshing and more appropriate viewing for younger kids when the humor isn't tongue-in-cheek and jaded. Dog lovers and fans of the animated classic are sure to enjoy this live-action version.

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