Parents' Guide to

Cecil

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Goofy oddball tale has gross-out humor and some violence.

Movie NR 2019 80 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Great find!

About true friendships + some pre-teen awkwardness of crushes. We had no expectations and knew little about the movie, so it was truly a fun find and would recommend to others.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (1 ):

In lots of ways, Spenser Fritz's film is a cut above the usual direct-to-DVD live-action fare offered for family viewing, but it's in a world of its own in terms of silliness and chaotic plotting. It's fast-paced, with purposeful slapstick-overacting from the grownups, and the story has a confusing labyrinth of plot elements. Writer-director Fritz goes all-out to make a kids' movie that's inventive and engaging. You want some animation? Check. Bullies? Check. A mob beating? Check. Fritz has also elicited some wonderfully natural performances from the kids (i.e., Christa Beth Campbell as Abby is a delight). Just don't expect a conventional direct-to-DVD experience for kids. The message gets lost in the madness, and Cecil doesn't even attempt to explain the nonsensical events that lead to its conclusion. Kids will be too busy giggling to care.

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