Brother Bear

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

age 5+

Cute bear tale has some peril.

G 2003 85 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 37 reviews

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age 6+

This site’s review is horribly off.

Ignore what CommonSenseMedia’s “expert review” says; before I talk about the film, I must criticize this normally excellent website for this. The lackluster description is lazy (pitifully short) and wrong, as there are some fight scenes that are pretty intense and probably too much for kindergarteners, and some of the content might go over their heads. I am a father as well as a teacher of elementary and middle school (everything from kindergarten to 6th). Without giving away the plot, let me state that this movie is deep, with much-needed lessons of compassion and the causality of actions. Kenai, the main character, undergoes a tremendous amount of change. In the beginning, he is an ignorant teen that is motivated by pride, anger, and a desire to become a “man”, which he misunderstood as being only the macho sense of the word. Early in the film, he decides to skip on his responsibilities, which is a mistake that sets off a chain of events. Pride and anger drive him to make further bad decisions that drag many other lives along too. After a certain point, a glimpse of compassion for a bear cub leads him to take responsibility. This is the point at which he changes. This film’s plot is centered around morality. Its lessons are some that all children should learn, but not merely by watching the movie; you should talk with your child about the decision-making of Kenai after the movie is over (go over his mistakes and how each one led to something tragic, discuss what he did to try to make things better, and then talk about how his decision making will be different in the future). Due to the intensity of some fight scenes, I would recommend waiting until your child is 6 or 7.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 7+

Scary and sad

A bit too sad for kids under six.

This title has:

Too much violence

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