Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Ewok-filled finale less Force-ful than previous.

PG 1983 135 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 153 reviews

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age 11+

Too much skin

The first 35 minutes have way too much gratuitous skin, it's really a shame. We skipped the harem dance minutes 12-15 and even the entire 15 scene where Leia fights and kills Jabba because it's just not what I want in my kids' subconscious - not the body parts and not the degradation of women. After that the movie was great the kids were pealing with laughter over and over, really enjoyed it.
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age 12+

Disappointing treatment of women

Too many cuts without context that don't make sense so not suitable for children. Will help for you to pause and ask what is going on in the movie to help younger ones understand. We did this with our 6 year olds. It brings up serious topics like sex slavery that is confusing to children. Kids didn't understand why Leia was in a bikini and why Jabba wanted sexy ladies killed or 'licked'? TBH, I'm not really sure why Jabba wants humanoid ladies anyway? Surely he'd want frog ladies or whatever he is. A couple of times we had to pause the movie to explain a scene that had been missed out (e.g. Luke surrendering to the Republic), or scenes that weren't logical e.g. Jabba appearing after Leia helps Han.... why did Jabba wait to reveal himself? Surely he'd want to stop Leia before she released Han?? Also, why did Anakin show up as a young person instead of an older person in spirit version? The other 'spirits' are their older versions...Absolute BS. Anyway. Some stupid things that I guess the ewoks made up for, a little. Still disappointing with terrible female treatment and representation. As well as some scary and verbose bad-guys.

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