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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
Attempts to promote self-confidence and believing in oneself.
Positive Role Models
In order to serve the story, the young hero behaves irresponsibly and exhibits neither resourcefulness nor sound thinking. Parents are portrayed as caring, but always clueless and self-absorbed. Their efforts to "connect" with their son are shallow and nonsensical. An overweight boy continuously eats and appears obsessed with food. Has an ethnically diverse cast.
Violence & Scariness
A caged tiger roars and snarls. Two bullies appear in multiple scenes to threaten and insult the hero and his best friend.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A dad prepares to tell his son the facts of life, but stops short of any meaningful discussion.
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Lots of insults are delivered by bullies: "dweeb," "dummy," "loser," "moron," "idiot," "full of crap." A tiger cub sprays urine on a young boy. Some discussion of "pee."
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Products & Purchases
Products are visible throughout: Krispy Kreme, Wii, Sprint, Kellogg's, Wesson Oil, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Samsung, Neurosonic drinks, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Tiger's Tail is about the misadventures of a young boy who finds an adorable tiger cub in his backpack and takes him home. In order to provide the film's "cute" moments and keep the story going, Billy must make a series of bad decisions and his parents must be both dim and irresponsible. Two routine bully boys -- spewing insults (i.e., "dummy," "losers," "full of crap," "moron") and threats -- provide the conflict. A boy who is food-obsessed and overweight is shown eating in many scenes. "Safari World," a self-described animal sanctuary, is run by a caring man, but the animals (including one growling, snarling tiger) appear to be kept in small areas, and security is shown to be less than secure. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film is just barely watchable with its amateurish production, mostly substandard performances, and dependence upon characters' illogical behavior all around. The filmmakers tried for cute, cuddly, and comic, but achieved only minimal success. Some very predictable story elements -- the bullies, Billy's girl-crush, the fatty who is always ravenous, and parents who are oblivious, don't help matters. It's harmless at best. A lot of energy was expended (including that of the four-legged characters whom one hopes were well-treated) for very few laughs and even fewer heartfelt moments.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.