Bug Off!

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Bug comedy teaches lessons about sibling relationships.
  • PG
  • 2001
  • 84 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Kids learn about the importance of trying to get along with their siblings.

Positive Messages

Shows the value of cooperation and getting along with family members. It illustrates the way a common enemy can bring two people together.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Krista and her brother are typical siblings facing a sibling rivalry, but they learn to coordinate and work together to achieve positive solutions and defeat common enemies.

Violence & Scariness

Some gross-out humor, like belching, and some icky factor scare tactics, like in the scene where Krista dreams she is covered with giant bugs. Elsewhere, there's very light peril in the form of dealing with humans disguised as aliens whose agendas are unknown, but ultimately benign.

Sexy Stuff

A man and woman kiss briefly in a park. A boy drops a pair of girl's underwear onto his sister's head below from her bedroom window.


There are juvenile, sibling-typical insults used throughout, but no profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bug Off! is a sibling rivalry film where a girl gets her wish that her brother be turned into a bug. The film is largely spent navigating the brother-is-a-bug scenario, so for any kids squeamish about giant beetles/cockroaches, it could be a difficult watch. There's also some crude humor used of the classic little brother variety, i.e., loads of belching and pranks, but otherwise the messages are of cooperation and sibling love.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMargert-jerry August 29, 2014
The movie has scary wasp-like aliens
That send two aliens to earth looking like humans, the old lady one becomes the baby sitter to main characters the other a... Continue reading
Parent Written byElizabett July 6, 2013

Refreshingly silly movie with slap stick comedy the whole family will enjoy

Despite sibling rivalry - the children discover they really love each other and it is fantastically goofy and funny.
Teen, 13 years old Written byDiscernmentCop November 9, 2016


We saw this on Pure Flix and they had a scene where the girl called her brother a perv. I expected a silly movie, not one with an Animaniacs-type innuendo. On... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 1, 2016

Adorable And Hilarious Family Flick Your Kids Will Love!

This film is great! The storyline is cute, the CGI is good, the acting is good and expressive, and the entire movie itself was adorable! Kids under the age of 1... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the long tradition of annoying little brothers and the older sisters who despise them, Tyler (Andrew Fugate) and Krista (Briana Shipley) don't get along. He plants bugs in her room; she wishes he were a bug (and he wouldn't exactly mind finding out what that's like). Oops -- when a babysitter from another planet pulls out her magical enforcer/bug transformer machine, Krista and Tyler get exactly what they both want -- they think. Both learn what it means to be siblings (and bugs), and what it will take to get along. If they can just figure out how to turn him back into a boy...

Is it any good?

BUG OFF! has some entertaining and relatable things going for it: sibling rivalry, extraordinarily weird babysitters, well-meaning parents who are just hoping a phase passes. It's not a high-budget affair, but the premise of an annoying sibling turning into a bug and the ensuing fun with ventriloquism (and making adults think they're hearing voices) will likely be an irresistible premise.

Parents might enjoy the unassuming way the movie works casual alienism into the film, its faux documentary framing, and the positive message about valuing one's siblings in spite of their annoyances, because you'll still miss them when their gone. And any kids who like bugs will no doubt enjoy imagining their point of view for a day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way siblings are often portrayed in films. Do you have siblings? Do you get along well? Do you feel like the film showed a realistic portrayal of real-life sibling relationships? Why or why not?

  • Learn more about insects and their lifespan online or at the library. What function do many common household insects perform? How long do they often live?

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