Parents' Guide to

Finding Nemo

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Sweet father-son tale has some very scary moments.

Movie G 2003 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 127 parent reviews

age 14+
The violence/scariness is too high to consider it a 5+ maturity rating what the hell are you thinking common sense media? This is so not appropriate for them outside of the postive messages and role models it doesn't have enough educational value to even show them in schools
age 8+

Mom died.

At the beginning of movie your child will be introduced to the idea that mom may disappear forever.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (127 ):
Kids say (294 ):

Pixar may have the most advanced animation technology in the world, but they never forget that what matters most in a movie is story, characters, imagination, and heart. Finding Nemo has it all. Yes, it's a visual feast (the play of light on the water is breathtaking), but above all it's an epic journey filled with adventure and discovery that encompasses the grandest sweep of ocean vastness and the smallest longing of the heart. While preserving the characters' essential "fishy-ness," Pixar and the talented voice actors have also made them each wonderfully expressive.

While there are certainly some terrifying-looking creatures and scary moments in Finding Nemo -- including the off-screen death of Marlin's wife and future children -- there really are no bad guys here; the danger comes from a child's thoughtlessness and from natural perils. And there are no angry, jealous, greedy, or murderous villains as in most traditional Disney animated films. (One of the movie's best jokes is that even the toothy sharks are so friendly that, in an AA-style program, they keep reminding one another that "fish are friends, not food.") Another strength of the movie is the way it handles Nemo's disability. But best of all is the way it addresses questions that are at the heart of the parent-child relationship, giving everyone in the audience something to relate to and learn from.

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