Parents' Guide to

Alabama Moon

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Low-key family adventure has some dark imagery.

Movie PG 2011 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 9+

2 Stars?

What’s with the 2 stars? This movie is a great one for people that love heartfelt movies that are also dark. It is good for kids and entertaining at different times. There are positive messages, including loyalty and perseverance, like surviving in the woods and getting through hard times. I still really like it. I do not think it deserves only two stars. Some characters die, some young, which makes it dark, but has many heartfelt moments, too. The main character, Moon, is mistreated by a redneck constable who abuses the law by using too much force on the people he arrests, and he also tries to get Moon into trouble and lies about his every chance he gets. The only negative thing about this movie is that with his long hair and other looks, Moon looks like one of my enemies from my old scout troop. The guy shirked all chores on camping trips like washing dishes after meals and leaving no trace. He even framed our scoutmaster for child abuse, which ultimately got him kicked out, and I cannot see around the kind of look while watching this movie. But overall, I think it is a great movie, but a low star rating is not necessary for this one.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 8+

Great movie for boys

This a great movie for boy(mine 8&11), enjoyed the movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (3):

Directed by Tim McCanlies (Secondhand Lions), ALABAMA MOON is big-hearted and sweet and likable, but it also feels rushed and truncated, as well as uneven in tone. It begins with some very intense, dramatic scenes in which an 11-year-old loses his father and becomes an orphan, and then the tone settles on a rather lightweight, and even comical adventure story that stays somewhat inert; while there is much talk of going to Alaska, most of the images consist of the boys hanging around in one spot. The story doesn't really move.

Add to this the cardboard villain, the arrogant, mean constable played by cult actor Clint Howard, as well as more soapy drama toward the end, and it feels as if these scenes were crammed together, regardless of fit or mood. Yet the movie is not a complete loss. There are many warm, lovely scenes, and the appeal of the mop-top Jimmy Bennett helps a great deal, as does the presence of that kindly old grizzly bear John Goodman.

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