A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Alice in Wonderland espouses the value of curiosity, problem-solving, and courage in the face of fear.
Positive Role Models
Alice is kind, well-meaning, and very curious. She uses her brain to reason things through and solve problems, and isn't afraid to stand up for herself or challenge assumptions.
Violence & Scariness
The violence in Alice in Wonderland is minimal, but there is enough surreal absurdity and casual references to beheading to warrant a warning for young kids. In a few scenes, Alice grabs a large bird by the neck. In another, a hedgehog is used for a ball in croquet. When Alice is small, she often faces peril, as when she's chased by larger animals, such as a dog.
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Products & Purchases
Alice in Wonderland is a well-established story associated with any number of characters, books, games, and other themed items marketed to children for decades, but this movie in particular has no specifically associated merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alice drinks unknown liquids which make her shrink and expand. She eats mushrooms to return to a normal size. In one scene with the Mad Hatter, wine is offered to Alice, only to be rescinded due to her age.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adaptation of Alice in Wonderland contains elements of absurdity and the surreal that could make it potentially frightening for younger viewers. With its casual references to beheading, some nonsensical scenes such as a baby turning into a pig, Alice shrinking and expanding, and an overall otherworldly logic, it risks being more confusing than fun. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If you like the story -- and it's hard to imagine who doesn't -- this adaptation, the 12th chronologically, which combines bits from both the Alice and Looking Glass tales, offers up the usual charm. Alice is a delightfully curious and intelligent girl, and the characters from the Mad Hatter to the Queen of Hearts to rose-painting cards and talking cats, will entertain. Combining a mix of CGI, Henson-created puppets and live action, the film looks terrific, even years after its debut.
Still, some of the scenes drag a little, and it feels packed full of big-named actors who sometimes feel dropshipped in for face time, slowing down what it should be punching up. But this is largely a quibble, and children are unlikely to notice or care, so long as they have the attention span to stick with it for over two hours.
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