Parents' Guide to

Charming

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fairy tale with a twist has scary scenes, stereotypes.

Movie NR 2021 85 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 18+

Absolute Garbage

The other ratings mentioning how little sense this movie makes, the harmful stereotypes, the absolute lack of depth, the number of times they show a male character kissing a sleeping female character, and the truly bizarre cannibalistic scenes are all true. It’s concerning in many ways but, after watching more than an hour of this questionable trash, the clincher came when the main male character tried to commit suicidal after learning his true love didn’t love him back. It even goes as far as putting a noose around his neck and having a seemingly normal conversation with his executioner. There are so many layers of disturbing sociopathy in this one scene I can hardly fathom how this movie made it to screen. We had a conversations about mental health, misogyny, consent, and control tactics, and I had to name “suicide ideology” for my 5 year old. She later asked me other ways people try to kill themselves. Really producers?!! This garbage? Of all the stories you could tell? This movie should be pulled off screens immediately.
age 14+

A bit wierd

I only watched the first quarter of the movie and already: as others have mentioned, there's a portrait of the prince nearly nude, prince looking at a woman's chest, and some sexual gestures indicating masturbation that I noticed. Not preferable for ages 20+ even, in my case.. definitely not the type of "Kid" movie I'd want to normalize.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (19 ):

The film aims for goofy fun and works in part due to some sweet and self-effacing characterizations, but it has core issues like blurred lines of consent and gender and racial stereotypes. Sure, Charming's Prince (Wilmer Valderrama) has endearing inner monologues and an optimistic outlook that makes him blissfully unaware of his own shortcomings. But the less charming princesses are portrayed as mean, vapid, and traumatized by their pasts, and the villain is the king's jealous ex-girlfriend. When the film breaks out into song, it feels inconsistent and more like a concession to casting pop stars than a requisite of the story. The surreal musical scene in the cannibal village feels like it's from a film like Coco rather than this one. Ultimately, this attempt at a new twist on the classic fairy tale falls a little flat due to inconsistent and thoughtless choices.

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