The BFG

Movie review by Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Sweet Dahl book adaptation has big heart, big scares.

PG 2016 115 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 40 reviews

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age 7+

Sweet film, a bit too scary for younger ones

I personally wasn't blown away by the tale, but my 5 year old was utterly enchanted by a lot of the scenes (reaction to dream tree: "woah, that's beautiful!"). We only watched it because netflix suggested it and I started it before realising she hadn't seen it before and it was probably too scary for her, but she was so strongly insistent on watching it I couldn't really back out. 5 year old spent a lot of time hiding her eyes. Luckily I had seen it before, so I could tell her exactly what happened so she wasn't AS scared. She wouldn't have been able to watch it without an adult present and paying giving it/her their full attention - way too scary. At the end she said she thought it was more a film for her older sister (age 13). She also didn't understand most of what the BFG said, so I had to keep stopping the film to translate his language. What worries me the most about her having watched it is the possibility for nightmares. She's not scared now it's ended and it ended on a real high, soothing note, but I'm not convinced that the fear will not resurface at night. Time will tell!!
age 7+

Good, but can be scary

Good movie overall, but some passages can be scary for the younger ones…

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