Hercules

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

age 7+

Lighthearted, but scary stuff is too much for littlest kids.

G 1997 92 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 52 reviews

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age 5+

Back in Disney's Glory Days

This is a great movie. I see a lot of reviews about how the movie is "too scary" or "inappropriate" for small children, but I seriously cannot see how. In typical Disney fashion, the movie is not just targeted for children but family members of all ages (sometimes including the child at heart). However, for any of the slightly more mature references, they are done in a way that goes over a small child's head. There is nothing inappropriate, and the movie has strong messages about the difference between a idealized / public "hero" and what makes someone a "true hero." It also explores the story of our awkward hero's believed need to fit in--but then his realization that it's his individuality that makes him special. Plus, I always love to see a main character that realizes he or she can't do it alone. Individuality is great, but it's good to realize that one person can't take all the credit for one's success--that they need to rely on others to also make them stronger. (Plus, I love the references to other movies, plays, artworks, and various spoofs the movie makes) As far as being "scary," I really don't think that's a problem. On some level, anything could scare a little kid. I mean, I had a nightmare about Peter Pan and My Little Ponies when I was little. My. Little. Ponies... (I'm weird, I know). As far as the scenes in Hercules, I would rate it "great" for 5+ and a "maybe" for anyone under 5 (depending on the kid). None of the scenes ever scared me or my siblings when we were little (or anyone I knew for that fact--or at least none who would admit it)--but it depends on the kid. Everyone's different.

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age 4+

Great movie….overly sexualized girls but still good

Hercules is one of my favorite Disney movies! 5 stars. Here’s some stuff you should know……………. well, Hercules and Meg are in love sooooooooo there are a couple of kisses. Also she is freaking skinny!!! Like a model. One time she is cuddling Hercules and puts her leg in his face and kind of sits on him and the sleeve of her dress falls down but Hercules puts it back up before anything…weird happens. The girls are all supermodel skinny actually and I kinda feel like maybe they are a little overly sexualized but hey, great movie. There’s not that much violence, except for when Hercules fights the hydra. My 5 and 7yo brothers didn’t think it was scary and neither did I as a kid. There’s a little alcohol and stuff when hades smokes once and drinks alcohol. SUCH A GOOD MOVIE THOUGH!!! Please watch

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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