Parents' Guide to

The Indian in the Cupboard

By Rafael Munsi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Classic, heartwarming fantasy will rivet kids.

Movie PG 1995 97 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 18+

90's im 25 and i found it horrible

i would not recommend, i watched it yesterday and it was so boring i would read the book its much better :3 i do have to admit, there is some funny parts!the mane plot is about a boy named omri who use's a cupborad to bring a toy alive. the book is way better. please dont buy this!
age 8+

Perfect for family movie night!

Are you're looking for a film that won't scare a very young audience but will be entertaining at the same time? If yes, then this is the movie! The movie really stands out for the great character strengths found in the young boy. The only things to look out for is a brief scene of Motley Crue music video "Girls" with gyrating, scantily clad women. There is also a scene of a "fight" between the Indian and the Cowboy in which the Cowboy is hit by a speeding arrow. (no blood)There is also a short bullying scene in which the young boys money is stolen. WARNING: The Indian in the film is beyond annoying.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (8 ):

This film comes to life with help from E.T. veteran Melissa Mathison's script and the technical wizardry of Industrial Light and Magic of Star Wars renown. (It's no coincidence that Omri briefly brings to life Darth Vader.) The illusion of The Indian in the Cupboard is magical, bringing together a wistful school boy and miniature warrior in delightful detail. The friendship between young Omri and the mature Little Bear is a journey of self-discovery and growth. The strength of the film is Little Bear, played by Litefoot, who teaches Omri about the pain of personal loss, and the responsibility that is part of growing up. "Boo Hoo" Boone, the crying cowboy, is a foil for the stoic Little Bear and provides comic relief reminiscent of the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.

Though a wonderful film for children, anyone who likes a good story will be satisfied. Viewers familiar with the novel may be disappointed that several key characters are left out of the screen version. But overall, The Indian in the Cupboard offers a fine example of a book adaptation.

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