Parents' Guide to

First Kid

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Goofy '90s comedy with pratfalls and some gunplay.

Movie PG 1996 101 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+


It is good
age 10+

Not too bad until the climax with gun violence

We watched this with my 7 year old daughter last night on Disney+ and it was all fine and good until the climax in which the main character, Luke, is taken hostage by a former secret service agent. He has a gun & points & eventually shoots it at Luke, a 13 year old, along with other people in a shopping mall. It's an intense scene and in the context of current news & lock down drills, caused my daughter to panic because it was so scary. There is a slow motion shot of a bullet coming straight towards the camera, from Luke's point of view. This sent my daughter over the edge & she started bawling. It was awful & scared me to see her like that. It happened pretty quickly & even though I was reassuring her everything would be fine, it didn't help her. I watched this movie as a kid & didn't remember anything remarkable about it other than liking Sinbad.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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FIRST KID can't seem to decide if it's a coming-of-age film about the son of the president of the United States, or a vehicle for Sinbad to play a Secret Service man and get into zany hijinks. It tries to do both, and while the results aren't as awful as some other kids' movies, the pratfalls don't draw a whole lot of laughter, nor is there much empathy for the First Kid until perhaps halfway through the film, where he starts to actually seem like any other awkward 13 year old and not a spoiled brat.

Through the magic of the "boxing montage," First Kid Luke is taught to stand up to bullies by learning how to punch harder. While some parents out there certainly applaud this solution, others may want alternatives. Still, Serviceman Simms helps Luke ask out a girl and teaches him to dance, and while the results are about what you'd expect, as something watched for pure entertainment purposes, you could do better, but you could also do much worse.

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