The Little Rascals (1994)

Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Madcap, mischievous Our Gang remake has potty humor.

PG 1994 83 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 24 reviews

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age 5+

Not as "bad" as some try to paint it as. We enjoyed it.

As you will see in other reviews this movie is painted as degrading to women, full of foul language and rife with sexual innuendo. I must say, there are a few uses of words that I don't particularly care for adding to my five-year-old's vocabulary. However, we do not live in bubbles. He's going to go out into the world and hear these things and I would rather he hear them in the safety of our home where I can explain that they are not appropriate words than have him hear them out in the world without me around and have no explanation offered. Also, there are plenty of sexual innuendos. However, they are extremely mild and will fly way over the heads of most kids. They are kind of like the Warner Brothers and other similar cartoons those of us growing up in the 80's and 90's used to see. It's so that parents watching with their kids have something to laugh at too and it's done in a cute, not vulgar way. The kid actors in this movie we're absolutely adorable and did a fantastic job. I can only imagine what the director, producers, and behind-the-scenes crew had to deal with trying to get kids this young to make an entire movie like this as the main characters, on screen the whole time. It's truly a testament to the tenacity it takes to make art sometimes. Anyway, my five-year-old son laughed and thought the characters were adorable. There is some kissing between Alfalfa and Darla and while I do not think kids that age should be pursuing the things they were pursuing in this movie it's so obvious that the kids are acting like adults that even my son mentioned that kids his age don't act like that. Be present during the movie while your children watch, be ready to answer questions and explain things, allow your children to experience the humor, and enjoy it for yourself. I thought it was adorable and funny. As I am present in my child's life and able to guide him as the good and the bad come at him from this world, I found this movie to be an innocent introduction into parts of that world that make it safe for me to guide him through as he navigates how those things work. Not an ugly or offensive movie at all. It pokes fun at the obviously flawed and sometimes irrational ways of mankind. It is a childish way to laugh at ourselves and I think that it is appropriate.
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age 7+

Outdated garbage

Revolting gender stereotypes. Sexualisation of 5 year Olds Anti gay humour Ugly language
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