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Parents' Guide to

Descendants 3

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Satisfying end to trilogy has positive themes for kids.

Movie NR 2019 106 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 8+

Mal is a TERRIBLE role model

Look up the main actress (Mal) today and it will inform you. Mal (Maleficent's Daughter) should not be the heroine of these films. Evie and Carlos are good examples of how people who are stereotyped as “bad” may be a victim of their surroundings and can better themselves in a loving and positive environment. Mal (the heroine) on the other hand is a TERRIBLE role model. She is selfish, steals another person’s boyfriend, lies, bullies, and uses an arrogant/condescending tone throughout the film. I wish my kids had never seen this movie.

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Too much sex
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age 5+

Hollywood Pablum pt 3

My review of the original Descendants and Descendants 2 apply to this. Both my kids were in to it (mostly because their school mates suggested it), but its a pretty poor made-for-TV movie. I did appreciate the singing and dancing routines more in the latter two movies than I did in the original. The same predictable themes play over and over in the entire series. Clearly a low budget film as you can tell its all done on green screen. I don't like how they overly sexualized teens. They sexualized their lip-synced singing voices to be sultry and different than their actual voices. Your kids will likely enjoy it. You'll be bored.

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (71 ):

This finale to the popular Descendants franchise is a must-see for fans who were left with a cliffhanger of sorts at the end of the second movie. Here future queen Mal faces what she sees as a black-or-white dilemma: Preserve the safety and peaceful existence in her new home or embrace her loyalty to her Isle roots. The conundrum puts her in a difficult place with both sets of friends and causes her to question her priorities, but it's her willingness to listen to other points of view, reframe her thinking, and extend forgiveness and faith in others that's the lasting message from the movie.

Descendants 3 adds some new faces to the talented ensemble cast, in particular Jackson's energizing and amusing performance as Hades. China Anne McClain returns with a vengeance as Mal's nemesis, Uma, contributing heavily to the story's direction and its impactful themes of respect and counter-stereotyping. And what Descendants story would be complete without show-stopping song-and-dance numbers? Certainly not this one, and they won't disappoint its young fans. If ultimately the role of the final installment in a trilogy is to tie up loose ends and lay out a satisfactory path for the characters' future, then Descendants 3 can call itself a success.

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