Parents' Guide to

A Town Called Panic

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Stop-motion comedy adventure with subtitles, a few curses.

Movie NR 2009 75 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

Totally Great

As it does doesn't really have a plot, it's still like...really good. It is in french, so if you don't speak french it might be slightly annoying (that it's in a different language) but there are subtitles and also, (in my experience) there's not really anything to understand about the movie, so it's basically just like watching it in the same language (that you speak) because there isn't enough of a plot to need dialogue in the first place. With that being's great! (as a confirmation that I didn't ACCIDENTLY give it 5 stars).

This title has:

Great role models
Too much swearing
age 8+

A great family night pick!

Overall, this was a funny and unusual film. It was a great first subtitled film for my kids who are 7 and 9. There are a few scenes worth mentioning - Cowboy panics and starts shooting his rifle wildly into the night (but it's funny and no one gets hurt), at a party lots of beer is served and one of the characters gets drunk and a bit belligerent (but he's a rowdy character anyway, so it fits his part) and finally, in one scene where the main characters get tricked, the tricksters laugh at them out the window and call them "dumb asses". There are other minor swear words: b*st*rds, d*mn, and h*ll. (CSM won't allow the whole word.) Still, if the younger audience is watching with adults, there isn't anything that can't be managed with a little bit of the old PG. A great family night pick!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Quirky, creative, and very funny, this movie can be appreciated on multiple levels. Kids will laugh at the predicaments, the relationships, and the eccentrically original characters. For those who can read, it's a great introduction to subtitled movies. For adults it's a hilarious version of French language films that is both respectful and finds joy in self-parody (the spot-on rhythms of the characters' speech is priceless).

Some may find it absurd and shake their heads in disbelief, but given the onslaught of sophisticated 3-D, motion-capture, and computer-animated films in the marketplace, this film's dependence upon imagination, simplicity, and low-tech animation is a treat. A Town Called Panic is a little too long -- the pace is occasionally wearying and there may actually be too many adventures -- but the story is episodic so it could be viewed in parts.

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