Field of Dreams

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

age 12+

Baseball crowd pleaser with a supernatural twist.

PG 1989 107 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 8+

Nostalgic film enjoyed with our kids (8 and 16)

We watched with our 16-year-old and 8-year-old. I explained the supernatural aspect to my 8-year-old by comparing ‘the voice’ in the movie with the spirit that leads Elsa into the unknown in Frozen 2. It’s the same concept, and not at all unfamiliar to anyone who’s ever watched a Disney film. I didn’t have an issue with the language and prepped my kids ahead of time. Other reviews have falsely mentioned frequent use of certain phrases. The phrase ‘son of a’ is used frequently, but not ‘son of a bitch.’ You’ll hear s**t one or two times and a**hole once. The PTA ‘book burning’ scene has one sexual reference that, admittedly, is unnecessary but will go over the heads of younger viewers. When in doubt, parents should always preview a movie before letting their kids watch it. There’s a scene where the young girl appears to be injured. I told my 8-year-old that I’d seen the movie before and reassured her that the character would be fine. My 16-year-old appreciated the story telling style in that it doesn’t over explain every detail. This is a nostalgic movie where the viewer is allowed to discover the meaning behind the story on their own.

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age 15+

Potential home run “flies out” due to swearing + drug references

I love Field of Dreams. I grew up in Iowa. But I have to review this movie through the lens of a parent trying to bring up kids in a coarse culture. I cringed many times throughout this movie, and eventually decided that it was a mistake to put it on. If you don’t want your kids to learn to swear like sailors and think drugs are normal, you will need to avoid many classics like “Field of Dreams” and “Big”. Many movies that are otherwise perfect for kids from a violence or sex perspective contain small amounts of swearing and drug references. The problem is that small doses repeated over and over add up to one big dose. Is Spielberg the only one that gets it?

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