Pete's Dragon

Movie review by Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Offbeat live-action/animation mix with lots of drinking.

G 1977 128 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 7+

Didn't Age Well

I remember loving this film as a kid, but re-watching it as an adult I was shocked by some of the content. Other reviews have mentioned the prevalence of drinking, and I agree. Another element we ended up needing to discuss as a family was violence against women -- in an early pub scene rowdy drinkers man-handle the sole woman in the bar (picking her up by the waist while she struggles, blocking her from reaching her father, and passing her around). It's nothing noteworthy from that time -- the film was originally rated G -- but that's the point. It contributes to normalizing intoxication as an excuse to touch a person without her consent. That is NOT a take-away on appropriate behavior that I want kids to learn. I would still show them the film -- I think it's useful for kids to be exposed to other cultural norms -- I just wish I had been prepared in advance to discuss this issue with them.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 6+

Aged terribly

Wow, I remembered this as a fun dragon movie. Viewing it years later as a parent…woof. Child abuse, child traffickers, kidnapping. LOTS of drinking, but this didn’t bother me as much as the other stuff..but it is definitely excessive. Lots of cringe moments. I don’t think we will watch this again.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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