Parents' Guide to

Child's Play (2019)

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gory killer doll/slasher reboot is unexpectedly fun.

Movie R 2019 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 35 parent reviews

age 13+

Best movie I have seen in a long time

I think that the movie is not very violent and kids who are 13+ can watch the movie

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 13+

Think of it as an action movie, not a horror movie, and it won’t disappoint

I sorta like this film. It’s quite fun, the best of all the 2010-onwards Chucky films. It’s not scary like my 13 year old son was hoping it would be. He wasn’t particularly disgusted by the violence, but winced at some of the worst bits, including Chucky stabbing up inbetween a man’s legs (no nudity if you’re wondering). There are about 15 F bombs but nowadays, kids hear that at school everyday, either from their mates or just passing older years. Overall, it’s very disappointing as a horror movie, but if it was marketed as an action movie it would receive much better reviews.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (35):
Kids say (93):

This reboot of the infamous "killer doll" slasher series bases its story in a good, much simpler idea that increases the emotional stakes. It then incorporates human characters with fresh doses of humor and pathos. The original Child's Play (1988) and all of its six sequels hinged on the idea of a mad killer's soul being magically transferred to a regular Chucky doll and making it try to kill everyone, while the new film is more focused on the doll longing to be friends with Andy. It's a small distinction, but Andy's regret as he tries to destroy his toy is quite affecting. (Weirdly, it echoes some of the themes in Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence.)

Meanwhile, Plaza and Henry, as well as the young actors, manage to bring subtle humor to their roles, as well as real-world weight. There are actually consequences here. Hamill, who's best known as Luke Skywalker -- but is also excellent as the voice of the Joker in many Batman animated cartoons and video games -- brings a sweet, sinister tone to Chucky; perhaps he's a bit confused and angry, rather than just homicidal. The movie's pace is light and quick, and the effects seem to be largely practical; the killings are bloody but clever. A drawback is the nasty Shane character, who's shown to be nothing but a jerk and "deserves" his gruesome murder. The department store showdown also gets a little over-the-top. But otherwise, this Child's Play is actually a fun romp.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 21, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: September 24, 2019
  • Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Brian Tyree Henry
  • Director: Lars Klevberg
  • Inclusion Information: Bisexual actors, Latinx actors, Black actors
  • Studio: United Artists
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: bloody horror violence, and language throughout
  • Last updated: March 8, 2023

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