Parents' Guide to

The Mighty Ducks

By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Classic kids' sports movie has some iffy humor, language.

Movie PG 1992 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Great movie, although bad language spoils it.

My daughter loved this movie, but we did have to gloss over frequent inappropriate language. The general message was good and my daughter loved the underdog story line.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 8+

Surprised by the rating! But shows it's age

I'm glad we watched this with my 7 year old! He laughed throughout most of the movie and there are some positive messages. I guess we're not as sensitive to some of the foul language. However the movie does show its age. The CSM review neglected to mention that it's the main character who drives drunk and who gets community service for that these days. Also the opposing coach has his players attempt to knock out a player on the other team to get him out of the game. The role of girls and minorities on the teams also stands out. The Hawks don't have any girls or minorities just white boys (presumedly rich). The ducks have minorities and do recruit 2 girls but they feel like an afterthought to the team.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (17):

This is a fun and frothy family film and a good way to breach the topic of the ever-present pressure to excel in sports with kids. There is a brief foray into single-parent romance, as Gordon courts the mother of one of the players.

Overall, things never get serious for very long, as The Mighty Ducks highlights the camaraderie and laughs of being part of a team. It never really feels like a lecture to kids, so they're likely to enjoy it and hopefully will take from it some lessons concerning competition.

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