A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some initially poor behavior ultimately leads to important lessons/messages about compassion, teamwork, and loyalty.
Positive Role Models
Characters initially bully others, take revenge, think only of themselves, and fail to see the "big picture." But they eventually change their ways, become more compassionate, and learn to work together.
Violence & Scariness
Some intense scenes involving menacing spiders, frogs, wasps, fly swatters, bullies, and the exterminator. Lucas is eaten, then spit out by a frog. After being shrunk down, he's in constant danger from the regular-sized humans. The ants threaten to dissect and study him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The exterminator's private parts are attacked by bugs. A boy is shown nude when he changes size; he wears very little during much of the movie, but the most seen is a bare bottom. Brief flirting between ants.
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Language includes "crap" and "butt." Some name-calling. Faux swear word "kraznock." Some burping and other bodily function jokes.
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Products & Purchases
Products seen include jelly beans, potato chips, gossip mags, and other household and grocery store items.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A "magic potion" is used to shrink Lucas. The exterminator smokes a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Ant Bully has some scenes that might be scary for very young kids -- particularly some menacing spiders, frogs, wasps, and fly swatters. Bullies try to wipe out entire civilizations (the ants), and main character Lucas is in constant danger after being shrunk down to ant size. There's also name-calling, a little bit of iffy language (including "crap" and "butt," and some bodily function jokes. While characters start out selfish and focused on revenge, lessons are learned, and ultimately the movie has messages of compassion, loyalty, and teamwork. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun family movie with some great life lessons. While most kid movies spout valuable life lessons of one sort or another, the ones that work don't talk down to kids. The Ant Bully falls into that category, using humor and grace (not to mention an impressive voice cast) to tell a good story and remind us there's more to life than our own little world.
Guess what? It's not all about us! That's right, there are lots of other worlds out there humming along quite nicely without us, thank you very much. And Oscar-nominated director John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and producer Tom Hanks are here to remind us of that.
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