Parents' Guide to

Genie

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Holiday family film has comedic violence, positive messages.

Movie PG 2023 93 minutes
Genie movie poster: Melissa McCarthy is Paapa Essiedu's genie.

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

cute movie

it was a cute little movie, teaches about selflessness and how family is important. yes, the word "bastard" is used twice by the daughter, but its not as bad as some might think. reference to killing someone they didn't like as a suggested wish. swings a knife around occasionally in a funny manner. mention of an adult that had once smoked.

age 16+

child actress swearing at “father”

The movie was mediocre at best. Poor acting all around. What made me truly dislike it is that it’s supposed to be a “family” movie, however they have a young girl calling her dad a “selfish bastard” and an adult wishing the genie would “send her husband to hell” Sorry but I want my kids to be kind and respectful. Not using poor language with a rude attitude. It’s a no go for me, not a family movie & I won’t be sharing this with my kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Melissa McCarthy is unusually subdued, and so are the laughs, in this holiday comedy from the writer-producer of Love, Actually and other classics. It's not that the jokes in Genie fall flat exactly, more that the film's register stays relatively uniform throughout. You can see most of the movie's best jokes in the trailer, and these involve McCarthy's genie dressing up, confused about the modern era, or discovering things like pizza. Her character is sketched very thinly, though. We're supposed to believe she comes from thousands of years ago and knew Jesus personally, yet she seems perfectly at ease in a contemporary apartment and walking the streets of New York City.

McCarthy is always a familiar and affable presence, so the discovery here is her counterpart, played with genuine wholesomeness and feeling by British actor Paapa Essiedu. The film's most emotional moments all involve him reacting to others -- McCarthy's shenanigans, his wife (a charming Denée Benton) pulling away from him, or his daughter relishing his company. Genie's messages of valuing your loved ones and being unselfish are on point for the holiday season, and this film should have no trouble finding an audience year-round. But, it could have been so much more.

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