The Little Mermaid

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Superb, entertaining animated musical has some scary stuff.

G 1989 83 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 60 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 106 reviews

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age 18+

Notorious for having a golden phallus...

The VHS box isn't the only thing wrong with the movie. The underwater castle has numerous turrets that are shaped like a man's phallus and the movie also has a priest whom is experiencing an erection during a wedding between the prince and Ursala in disguise. There's other sexually explicit things shown in the background and there's nothing good morally to make up for it. Ariel is a disobedient teenager who is rewarded for her disobedience at the end of the movie. She "falls in love" with the prince based only on his looks. She finds a statue of him and rubs and caressess it in an inappropriate manner. She is told upon relinquishing her voice in a contract with a witch to become human that she would still have "body language" and the witch shakes her hips in a seductive manner while telling Ariel. Just purely disgusting. This is why "rule 34" on the internet is a thing and it's sick. Sick, sick, SICK film made by the SICKOS at Disney.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 13+

Not the movie I thought it was

Like many millennial parents, this was one of my favourites as a kid. So once my oldest got old enough to watch Disney movies I was excited to share this with her. I think I let her watch it when she was 4-5, but it is not the movie I remember. I really did not like the way that Ariel only saw Eric from a distance and was already will to defy her father and go to a witch and give up her voice in an extremely sketchy exchange. I know a lot of older Disney movies have this problem, but I didn't remember all of Ariel's irrational behaviour. And the way that Ursula told Ariel to use her body language. She was basically tell a 16 year old girl to go out of seduce someone. It all felt very inappropriate to me. Its still the great movie I remember otherwise, just not a good message for little ones. I wont be showing this one to my daughter again until she is much much older.

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Too much sex
3 people found this helpful.

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