Parents' Guide to

Fly Away Home

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.

Movie PG 1998 107 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 14 parent reviews

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.
age 9+

A Great Movie for Tweens, with Two Warnings

Most of this movie is fantastic for kids between 9 and 13. There are two things to be aware of. The main character's mom dies in the opening scene. There's nothing graphic, but it is obvious what happened. The idea that a mom could die may be disturbing to some kids. The dad, who is divorced, has a girlfriend, and it is implied that she sleeps-over in the same house sometimes, although nothing is actually shown.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (15 ):

This film is a thrilling adventure, exquisitely told, by the same director and photographer who made The Black Stallion. Ballard has the patience to let the story tell itself in Fly Away Home, and the quiet moments are breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreakingly touching.

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