A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than to educate.
Promotes honesty and owning up to your mistakes. Family is more important than money.
Positive Role Models
Riley's mother comforts family members and helps them through their trials. She tries to help Riley feel better about moving and having to leave Elvis. Riley pretends to be in her bed and sneaks out during the day to escape with Elvis. Hal lies to the family about his intentions. Nylee is honest and comes forward with information to help Elvis even though she's not a fan of him. Riley's dad yells when he's frustrated but feels remorseful and apologies.
Film features characters of different ages living in a rural area with an all-White cast. Girls and women play prominent characters who are brave and caring.
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Violence & Scariness
Though it's never acted upon, there are mentions of Elvis being used for food, which could be upsetting to some kids. Brief moments of suspense when an excited dog chases Riley and tries to play tug-of-war with her backpack. No one is harmed. A man trips and falls into a large pile of farm manure.
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Language includes multiple uses of "shut up."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Elvis the Pig is a live-action movie about a little girl trying to save her pig named Elvis from getting turned into barbeque when her family decides to sell the farm and move to the city. As the story unfolds everyone realizes Elvis is more than just a pig to them, and they work together to get him back. Though it's never acted upon, there are mentions of Elvis being used for food, which could be upsetting to some kids. Language includes some rude insults such as "shut up" a few times. There's a brief moment where a little girl is chased by an excited dog that wants to play tug-of-war with her backpack. No one is harmed. There's some brief potty humor as men trip and fall into a pile of farm manure. On a couple of occasions, kids briefly leave their homes without parental permission (one time they leave a note). They are remorseful and face consequences when they return. Kids can learn the value of being honest and opening up to their families about their feelings and the importance of communication. A mother plays a prominent role as a role model and helps her family process their emotions. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though the production value isn't high, Elvis the Pig is an endearing movie that should captivate younger fans of farm animals. Elvis is a talking pig, but he doesn't have many lines; that could be a good thing, though, because his voice doesn't seem to fit the character and can be distracting at times.
Thankfully, the story is simple enough for younger viewers to follow. The central plot focuses on the family and their attachment to Elvis. Mr. Bell (Jackson Berlin), Riley's dad, goes through the most character development in the story. In the beginning, he's obviously struggling as he's trying to make ends meet and provide for his family. The prospect of selling their family farm is weighing on him. It's refreshing to see a character go through real emotions with problems many average families face. Sometimes he snaps at his kids, but it's obvious he feels bad and he comes around to apologize for his behavior, modeling emotional maturity. Mrs. Bell (Sadie Silcock) provides great moral support for the entire family throughout the film. She seems to have the answers everyone is looking for but allows each character to reach that conclusion on their own. Overall, it's a fine choice for young animal lovers.
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