Bizarre Dinosaurs

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Kid-friendly docu examines strange-looking dinos.

NR 2009 48 minutes

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Bizarre Indeed — Beware

Did Common Sense watch this film before reviewing it? The documentary is preoccupied with issues of attraction and mating — the movie’s basic theory is that various dinosaur appendages were about attraction rather than defense, and it just won’t let the issue go. This would be OK — even in a movie rated for “budding paleontologists” 7 and up — if the issue had been handled with some restraint, for example by referring to “mating rituals” and “courting behavior” and such. But no — the narrator cannot stop using the word “sex”, as in “It’s all about sex.” At one point, frustrated, my wife fast-forwarded a bit hoping to get past this stuff and landed on the exclamation “It’s sexy!!” At which point we stopped watching, since after all we had wanted to enjoy a fun and educational dinosaur movie with our youngsters (7, 9 and 11), not field questions about the meaning of “sex” and “sexy” while watching creatures historical and modern bump, grind and “tickle”. The “Sexy Stuff” section of the official review is a total miss, and the whole review — “family friendly”, “7-plus” — is disappointing. To each his own on age-appropriateness, but Common Sense should do a better job flagging potential issues.
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Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 11, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: February 9, 2010
  • Director: Jenny Kubo
  • Studio: Disney+
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Character Strengths: Curiosity
  • Run time: 48 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 27, 2022

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