April and the Extraordinary World

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

French steampunk tale for kids mixes science, adventure.

PG 2016 106 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

Odd, artistic, violent

What surprised me the most about this movie was the amount of gun fire and pointing of weapons at each other. Matriarchal-led lizards in robotic suits choking each other was a close second. Overall, I appreciated the message about environmental destruction, but it’s not the kind of movie that would spark a deeper conversation with my kids. We got stuck in how weird the movie was. One other reviewer mentioned the girl putting on a pink dress. Without mentioning that to my son, he noted the strange absurdity of it to me during the movie. Overall, I didn’t hate the movie, but I didn’t like it either. My kids weren’t that excited either.

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Too much violence
age 11+

Alas...an interested premise destroyed by tropes

The idea for this movie is interesting, and in some ways it breaks out of the mold of movies of its type. But there are some just downright troubling tropes that ruin it...and it's really not cinema in the end, either. At the climax there are children asked to choose sides between their mother and their father in a war, then start shooting their siblings. The science tries to be accurate, but it gets enough wrong that I wish they had not even tried. If you want a very thematically similar movie worth watching, I recommend the Incredibles franchise, big-market though it may be. My wife wanted to give up on this one 15 minutes in, but since my 11-year-old son was engaged, I voted we keep going...alas, we were all groaning at the end. Painful, really, my wife's instincts (as usual) were right.

This title has:

Too much violence

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