A Bug's Life

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Cute animated tale with some mild peril and scary bugs.

G 1998 95 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 50 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 67 reviews

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age 4+

Clean counterpart of Antz.

Look. This is a family film. You were wrong about one thing. The swear word “damn” is not included here. I read the caption on the film and it says “Dim”, which is the name of one of the bug characters. Watch the movie again and read the captions. You’ll find tons of swearing on Antz. Also, the violence is mild compared to Antz, which that movie has a scene that showed a severed ant head, and has no suggestive material also compared to Antz.
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age 7+

Not for very little kids, but fine for older kids.

The movie should not be rated G. There is a lot that’s not good for children under 7. But it is still a good movie. Language - 3/10 There is one scene where the queen says the word ‘suicide,’ but she said ‘Oh, because it’s suicide’ instead of ‘You want to commit suicide.’ She was referring to Flik’s idea of going to find help, but most ants are too paranoid to go. Also, some mild insults, like ‘stupid’, and ‘shut up’. Hopper says to his brother that he ‘wishes that he could kill him if he didn’t swear not to on his mother’s death bed.’ Sex - 0/10 Nothing really inappropriate. Only romance which isn’t even stated as romance. Drug/alcohol/smoking - 1/10 The characters go to a bar, when a mosquito says ‘Hey, give me a bloody mary, type O’ and the server gives him a drop of blood. This is supposed to be comedic. Violence - 8/10 This movie is surprisingly violent. The antagonist, Hopper, is almost sadistic. He borderline TORTURED a young ant by holding her up to a savage grasshopper against her will in front of the entire colony. Luckily, before she got hurt Flik stops him. He also killed three ants by crushing them with grain. He graphically beats up Flik, and almost kills him, but at the time of that scene, Hopper gets eaten by a bird. This movie is great, but don’t show it to kids under 7.

This title has:

Too much violence
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