Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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age 8+

Great effects and characters, but surprisingly violent.

PG 1998 84 minutes

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age 13+

Based on 49 reviews

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age 9+

Based on 50 reviews

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age 12+

Not for kids, but not a bad movie either

I think the best advice I can give for this is to not expect it to be a kids movie. Despite it being animated, this movie definitely has some more mature underlying messages and jokes. There are a fair amount of sexual references, some more obvious than others. There's a moderate amount of swearing, including an A** and B**** word. Towards the beginning the movie has a surprisingly enthralling battle sequence which is somewhat intense, though considering the characters are poorly made CGI ants and termites I wouldn't quite go so far as to call it graphic. There's also an ant bar and a wasp who drinks away his sorrows to cope with the passing of his wife (who gets swatted on screen). That's most of the age rating stuff out of the way; honestly the film would probably be PG-13 were the characters humans. What makes this movie more interesting for me is the exploration of communism in the ant society and as a theme how cleverly integrated it is into the film. "Antz" is often compared to Pixar's "A Bugs Life," but aside from it being about ants, the movie has its own distinct presentation and identity (though yes Dreamworks did 'steal' the idea despite releasing their movie two months earlier). While Pixar's work is more family oriented and has better comedy, this movie in my opinion has far more depth to it. As Dreamworks first film, the CGI is pretty meh and the story and characters are just okay, but that can easily be forgiven. While I think younger kids wouldn't enjoy this as much, and perhaps shouldn't be watching anyways due to the romance and violence, for older audiences, this is honestly a pretty good movie that is a bit overhated and overshadowed by Pixar. 6.5/10
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age 14+

Underestimated; actually not for kids or tweens

It's a cartoon, but not for little ones. I think "Antz" and "Shrek" both would have been rated PG-13 today because of the political (in)correctness and the climate we are in. I mean, Antz is definitely NOT PG by modern todays. It's more of a moderate PG-13, or even a light R in 2020. The violence is not why. It's the language and sexual content. Profanity on DVD version: The language is more than just those of the PG variety (crap, hell, damn). The other swear words include "b**ching," "tight-a**," and two instances of "s**t." Profanity on the theatrical version: On a side note, the ORIGINAL (pre-DVD release) version contained one use of the F-word (YES, SERIOUSLY) and three uses of each of the two racial slurs (one African American slur, one Jewish ethnic slur). They eventually had to cut all these words off for the DVD release. While retaining the PG rating. Characters masturbate in a couple of scenes. Not something you ever see today in a PG and hardly even a PG-13 movie. The movie is inherently pro-communist. Personally I'm a conservative but wasn't irriatated by the agenda.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
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