Breathtaking film, great for all ages!
I've been eagerly waiting for the release of Brave for over a year now, and it was well worth it. Tonight was the midnight premiere and I went with a group of friends (will take the kids during a daytime showing for sure!) Needless to say, we were all in awe at another marriage of Disney/Pixar magic.
The story takes place in 10th century Scotland and centres around the life of 16 year old Princess Merida and her family. There is a heavy emphasis on mother-daughter bonding, and how difficult and tedious it can be when the two don't think alike. Her mother Elinor is a typical elegant, strictly trained and proper queen, while Merida is a raucous tomboy with a thirst for adventure and honing her already amazing archery skills. Merida seeks the help of an old witch to change her mother's personality in hopes of avoiding an arranged marriage which her mother is extremely adamant on making her go through, but gets far more (and far worse) than she bargained for. *No spoilers ;) *
Brave is a visually stunning film with a rich, endearing, and gripping story that does have some considerably dark undertones. Despite the fact that Merida (a princess) is the main character, this is a far cry from the traditional cutesy Disney princess films; Merida is fiercely independent and asserts herself when faced with an arranged marriage (and even ends up without a love interest in the end) and doesn't let her status and expectations hold her back. There is no graphic violence, while there are scenes of two bears fighting. Since these are viking-like warriors (the men) there are a lot of swords, arrows, axes and maces shown and used, but there is no blood or visual injury being caused to other characters, other than a small scratch Merida gets on her arm while getting in the way of her father's sword and the bear.
As for "sexy stuff" this is a Disney/Pixar movie, so obviously, no, there is no sex, but there is some minor nudity (for comic relief purposes) Pixar stayed true to old world clothing; the men are naked beneath their kilts. There is a scene where Lord Dingwall's son wins Merida's hand in marriage, and he "moons" the other Lords to rub it in their faces. There is another scene where the men get trapped on the roof of the castle and have to link their kilts together to make a rope for escape; as they're walking away you see a few shots of their rear ends--same in a scene with Merida's younger brothers at the end of the movie. Lastly, there are a few between Fergus and Elinor. They're a happily married couple, in the beginning, Fergus gives Elinor a little smack on the rear, and at the end, she is naked beneath a tapestry (nothing below her neck and shoulders is visible). So nothing that problematic, still very comical and kid-friendly.
In the end, the movie has some great lessons and role models kids can learn from, and speaking as an adult who just saw the movie, I can completely say that it is enjoyable for all ages. Highly recommended, wonderful movie! On for ages 5 and up.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking