Parents' Guide to

A Far Off Place

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

African survival tale not for sensitive animal lovers.

Movie PG 1993 108 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Good themes... some violence

The movie opens with a pretty graphic scene... elephants are slaughtered by gunfire and their tusks are removed. I would be careful around animal lovers. The parents of the children are killed early on in the movie. Now they don't show the process occurring, but they do show partial images of the parents' bodies. In the beginning, one of the characters says "bulls**t" Otherwise, there are a few other minor words (h*ll, d*mn.) There is a theme of perseverance throughout this entire movie, which is a great thing to talk about with your kids. The main characters are definite role models because they are strong, empathetic towards people of different cultures, and caring of the environment around them. I showed it to my students, ages 11-17 and they all really enjoyed it. It opens up much discussion about poaching, illegal trades, and people of different culture.

Is It Any Good?

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A FAR OFF PLACE has lots of potential, especially considering the source material (two books by Laurens van der Post). Reese Witherspoon's Nonnie is a great tough-girl character worth following through the desert and Harry is annoying at first as that stereotyped disaffected American teen but really comes around. The action scenes will keep viewers engaged.

But the movie doesn't come together as an epic adventure should. The bad guy is very one-note: very bad, and who knows why? To make lots of money off the ivory, sure, and those kids need to be shot at all costs. And some moments that should be poignant are cheesy instead -- the ending, for starters. And there are some details that needed ironing out. Like how long did they really go without water? Seems like days. And where the heck did Nonnie get a canteen? And how did the dog heal from a big fight in one day? Fans of adventure movies, especially those set in far off places, will still enjoy this one however.

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