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5 Children & It

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Funny wish-granting story has some mild scariness.

Movie NR 2004 89 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

A not-so-great adaptation of a pretty good book

In contrast to the book, one child, Robert, is made central and is rendered annoying and whiny. A cruel cousin is added, and while I wouldn't normally wish for such an addition, the child actor who plays him brings a lot to the role. I do wish that, in a movie that is so obviously for children (not teens), a vivisection scene hadn't been added. When your child is old enough for that scene, they will be too old to think the movie is any good, though truly, they might not, anyway.

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Too much violence

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This classic wish-granting story is a good mix of humor, mystery, and adventure, sure to be enjoyed by kids old enough to handle parental separation and some mild to moderate scariness. 5 Children & It has characters of varying ages that a large range of kids will relate to. It's also got a big mansion to explore, an eccentric uncle to puzzle over, and a mean cousin to avoid, and what kid can resist being granted a new wish every day?

Kenneth Branagh is fun to watch as odd Uncle Albert. But it doesn't quite reach the level of a true family classic. Some of the dialogue is awkward, and the kid actors are serviceable but not great. Eddie Izzard's accent is odd. Younger viewers won't mind, though, as they get caught up in the adventure, and it's a good choice for sleepovers or family movie nights.

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