Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Vintage fantasy epic is great, despite a too-graphic death.

PG 1981 108 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 13+

Good action adventure movie for kids 12+ and a well-timed fast forward

This is a great movie but for Disney and a PG movie there is one scene that is pivotal but should be edited. This movie has a swimming scene that shows the lead character's bare butt, a possibly accidental underwater frontal nude male shot, and an underwater bare butt and side breast shot of a female.
age 8+

Great movie for discussing gender roles, feudal systems and that you can't always win.

This movie is one that I have seen many times since I was a kid. Yes, there is brief nudity of the main character's backside and a side shot of a woman; while taking a bath. There are no sex scenes. There is discussion of gender, because it is relevant to the story and plot twist. More can be seen in an advertisement or other television shows, than in this movie, most of the time. If you watch media with your children and discuss what is happening with them, there shouldn't be any problems. My own children asked lots of questions about feudal society, why people had to follow the king's instructions or that of other people. We had a good discussion about how the princess stepped up to do the right thing, but then made unwise decisions when other options presented themselves. If you have children who are sensitive to gore the scenes at the end might be too much. For anyone who takes their kids to see Marvel action movies, Transformers and the like, then they will be just fine. The movie itself is not graphic in modern terms; it has more to do with your own child's sensibilities. Beautiful stop motion work, the color screening is noticeable yet still very good for 1981. If your child is interested in fantasy movies such as Willow, Labyrinth and the like this is one to add to your must see list.

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