Fly Away Home

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

age 8+

Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.

PG 1998 107 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 8+

Lovely little movie

This is wonderful to watch with older children. The threats made to the geese by a local wildlife official would be upsetting for younger ones. Still, it is well done in every way and highly recommended for the right age group.

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age 5+

Meh, it's ok...

The movie is okay. It's not the best animal movie but it's not the worst. It can be boring at times. The geese are the real stars because even though I'm grown, they still strike me as being the best part of the movie, especially when they are babies. The part where they are flying the "bird plane" is quite a head scratcher and other reviewers have mentioned it as problematic. Violence includes the fatal crash at the beginning, the girl hitting the game warden in the head with a metal object because he was trying to clip the baby geese wings, gun wielding poachers, among other things. The language can be problematic as well but there's a Light TV edited version that bleeps out everything that an oversensitive parent would find offensive (not just the cuss words but also run of the mill insults like idiot and I hate you get bleeped out as well). There's also an amusing part where a baby goose falls into the toilet and pokes it head up afterwards. A part where the girl is taking a shower and has a "freak out" and her dad walks in on her in the nude and a male house guest "sees her" and she freaks out more. The girl has several shrill "freak out" moments but I wouldn't say that it's totally a bad representation because of course she's going to be emotionally unstable because she just lost her mother and had to move to a totally different country on a totally different continent on the opposite side of the equator so yeah you're going to be an emotional wreck. It's a good story but I just find it boring through most of it.

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