Candleshoe

Movie review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Old-school Disney treasure hunt is fun but dated.

G 1977 101 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

For older kids and adults

This is an enjoyable and ultimately warmhearted movie, but acts and threats of violence from an adult criminal, committed upon a child, make it inappropriate for the suggested "seven and up" audience. A mature ten year old would be the youngest child for whom I would suggest it.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 6+

Fun Family Film with Treasure Hunt

Not really any objectionable content, save for an adult slapping a child on the face at the start of the movie. My daughter asked why the bad guy kept saying “bloody” and I had to explain that it’s a (mild) British curse word. Terrific performances by all actors involved, especially Jodie Foster and David Niven. Of the 1970s era Disney films, this is a rare standout that has held up against time. Our daughter was not bored. She LOVED it and asked to watch it again a week later. I was astonished! I think the treasure hunt is just simple enough for kids 6+ to understand and feel clever about. The interpersonal dynamics of the kids in the movie are relatable and clearly understood. There’s no fluff in the movie - it’s well written and directed. Lots of good messages: honesty, loyalty, friendship, and family are emphasized a lot. So is teamwork to a lesser extent. The hero starts out a thief but gradually learns to be honest and do the right thing because friendship and love of family win over deceit. Really a good movie for the whole family. I remember really liking it as a kid because it had all the stuff I liked back then: pirate treasure hunt, sword fights, mystery solving, trains, comedy, etc.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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