A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain and inspire rather than educate.
Prominent declarations about facing fear, not letting fear impede goals. Promotes taking risks, recognizing one's strengths. "You don't have to be a big dude to be a warrior."
Positive Role Models
Central characters develop courage, determination, resilience, and resourcefulness. They learn that though "we might not win, we have to try."
Violence & Scariness
Filled with fantasy violence and kids in peril. A little girl and her big brother battle against assorted monsters and special effects. They plummet, disappear in clouds of smoke, are knocked out, engage in extensive "wand" play (i.e., swordplay). Some scary creatures, including: a horned man/beast ("Fuzzy Butt"), a hooded, faceless knight (the powerful Warlock), and a slimy green reptile.
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"Diarrhea," "pee," "butt." References to goat poop.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Fairy's Game finds two real-life kids in a magical forest filled with fairies, dangerous situations, and fearsome creatures. The kids are transported to both beautiful and scary places and engage in battle with all manner of beasts and threats. Their life at home with their devoted single mom, and in the care of a sometimes-cryptic grandfather, also has some tense moments. Both in the forest and at home, fear is a constant, and so are the tale's messages about facing those fears and conquering them. Because the physical conflicts are dominated by special effects (i.e., electrical charges, blasts, smoke and fire, explosions), the film isn't as frightening as it might be. Still, for kids who aren't yet comfortable with real versus imaginary violence, the movie isn't appropriate. Some mild potty humor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A family endeavor from start to finish, this low-budget movie is high on messages and story, but it can't overcome the less-than-professional production values, special effects, and performances. Made in earnest, and presumably with lots of fun and heart from all involved, A Fairy's Game simply doesn't measure up in terms of child-friendly fantasy films so widely available. Still, kids who don't mind the artless production, and who are absolutely clear about real versus pretend violence, will probably enjoy seeing a little girl turn into a warrior before their very eyes, and watching villains receive their magical retribution.
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