A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
An inventive take on the ugly-duckling motif, Edward proves once again that real beauty is on the inside. Themes include compassion and curiosity.
Positive Role Models
The neighbors are modern day witch-hunters, but the lead characters, including Edward and his foster family, are soft-spoken, friendly, and open to diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Edward accidentally nips his face, then a little boy's. Edward is beaten with a stick repeatedly, and he stabs an attacker in the chest, causing him to fall out a window to his death. Mention of rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman wears figure-hugging outfits and attempts to seduce Edward. She is seen on top of Edward wearing a lace bra, using his scissors to cut off her clothes.
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Only three occasions of suggestive talk, one expletive.
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Products & Purchases
Mom is an Avon lady, but besides the focus on make-up and hair, film is brand-free.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Dad serves Edward a drink, after which Edward gets visibly drunk and sick.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is sporadic violence in Edward Scissorhands. Aside from a woman attempting to seduce Edward wearing a lace bra (she mounts Edward while he is on a chair and attempts to use his scissors to cut off her clothes), sexuality is limited to courting rituals (kissing and hugging). Some of the garish set pieces, like Edward's haunted mansion, and the title character, with mean-looking, scissors for fingers, may be terrifying for young children. There is a mention of rape. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The film, lovingly directed by Tim Burton, is a darkly sweet (self) portrait of adolescent angst. We can all relate on some level to Edward's social awkwardness, and Depp's deer-in-headlights self-consciousness is adoring enough to soften the sharpest of pointed appendages. The pastel-colored township cuts a drastic figure against Edward's looming mansion in the distance. Like the best of David Lynch, Edward Scissorhands exposes the cynical underbelly of front porch Americana, forcing us to find beauty and truth in the grotesque when we allow what is "good" to run more than skin-deep.
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