The Princess Bride

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Common Sense says

age 8+

Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.

PG 1987 98 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 108 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 196 reviews

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age 12+

Way overrated. Don't waste your time.

This movie is so overrated. The plot is just random events thrown together. It's supposed to be funny but it is not. Several of the actors speak in a mumble so it's impossible to understand them. The part with Billy Crystal is has a cult following but it wasn't that funny. I really did not care for this movie at all. I didn't car about any of the characters.
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age 8+

Beware of violence, suggestive humor, and a scene involving contemplated suicide--not appropriate for very young viewers.

This is a wonderful movie which incorporates the lost art of chivalry and relatively clean, witty humor. However, there is considerable drama and violence, and I would not yet show this movie to my six-year-old daughter. I am the old-fashioned type, however, who is still flaberghasted to see people bring their 8 year-olds to a PG-13 movie. There are a couple of issues not listed on the main review that are a cause for concern, specifically in the scene when the heroine holds a dagger to her breast and intends to commit suicide--which is an issue for me when it comes to younger viewers. The hero makes the comment, "There is a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours." This has obvious sexual implications. Nontheless, I look forward to sharing this romantic comedy with my daughter--in three or four years.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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