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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Boy loses mom and gains imaginary friend in emotional drama.

Movie PG 1996 110 minutes
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age 18+

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age 18+

Disappointed in the Review I read

In this movie the Lord's name is taken in vain multiple times. Several cuss words not mentioned in the review. And yet, the Review lists only "merde" under the category of language. In the past I have been able to trust this site for accurate information so my kids won't be exposed to something inappropriate.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This movie is whimsical, touching, and has a heart of gold, intelligently designed to appeal to both kids and the parents who might want to provide a comforting lap to sit on during the teary parts. Those include a car accident that results in a mother's death, a boy sleepwalking up a dangerously high ladder, and the general sense of loneliness conveyed by the extraordinary and precocious Osment.

Depardieu, who is a versatile and experienced dramatic actor, pours on believable charm as a huge, warm, healing presence. Goldberg is solid as always, drawing on both her sparkling intelligence and a handy inner store of cantankerousness. Note that while Bogus may not be suitable for those actually mourning a loss, it might help kids understand what others in that situation are going through.

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