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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some positive social lessons to be learned about forgiveness, imagination, and friendship, but mostly intended to entertain.
Characters believe in the power of imagination to make their dreams come true. Characters talk about how adults also use their imaginations. Friends are supportive and make amends when they hurt others' feelings.
Positive Role Models
Marcella and Abby show Cody the importance of using your imagination and the fun you can have if you stay a kid and don't act skeptical and negative. Barney encourages the children to dream, imagine, and learn. The grandparents are kind and always willing to listen to the kids.
Violence & Scariness
A character falls backwards off a front porch railing into a flower bed when startled by Barney.
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Products & Purchases
Barney toys and other products are available and kids exposed to this movie will likely recognize these products in stores.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some brief, sober, adult wine drinking happens in a fancy French restaurant.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this farmland adventure celebrates the power of dreams and imagination. Parents familiar with Barney and his buddies will know that there's very little to be concerned about in this movie. The only possible issues occur when a character steps in animal dung, during a brief scene in a French restaurant where adults soberly sip from wine, and when a character is a distracted driver as he makes a chocolate shake and a hamburger while trying to drive his truck. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
BARNEY'S GREAT ADVENTURE should prove enjoyable to kids familiar with the television show. And while not as adult-friendly as offerings from the Muppets or Sesame Street, the movie will serve as an alternative for parents wearied of watching the show over and over. Songs are abundant (including, yes, "I Love You, You Love Me"), the scenery is colorful and lush, the acting is competent, and the scenes of the kids' imaginations coming to life and the adventure they undertake with Barney should keep younger kids fully engaged. Grandparents are treated with respect, and the discussions of how adults use their imaginations should provide worthwhile conversations.
It's not a masterpiece by any stretch, thanks in part to some loose ends, and there are some scenes parents may find questionable (Cody stepping in animal dung, for instance), but all-in-all, Barney's Great Adventure is an enjoyable experience for younger kids, and relatively less excruciating for parents who have seen the TV show one too many times.
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