Parents' Guide to

Gnomeo & Juliet

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Creative, much less tragic take on classic love story.

Movie G 2011 84 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 70 parent reviews

age 10+

It's not the violence, it's the underlying sexual references...

OK guys,, just my opinion here, but the violence in the movie wasn't the issue for me. A lot of basic television shows show much more "violence" than this film, and our kids are exposed to it just by being near it. Hell, the kids at school are just as ruthless as some of these. Point it, there is always some sort of nemesis or bad guy, but good always overcomes, so whatever. My primary problem was the fact that they allowed so many sexual slips in the film. There were these little 2 or 3 word phrases that had an underlying meaning (sexually) that bothered me. Now, my children are 8 and 10, and they didn't really notice, but that isn't my issue. It simply bothers me because I don't understand why they had to be put in there at all. For instance, the scene with the two males gnomes stuck together, and one looks at the other and says, "I wish I knew how to quit you." That is one of the most famous lines straight from Brokeback Mountain. Then when as Juliet is describing Gnomeo, the frog asks, "Is his hat BIG and POINTY?" And the last right off the top of my head is when they tell Juliet she's got "Junk in Her Trunk." These are a few that stick out in my mind, but there were SEVERAL others that were more BLATANT. Like I said, my kids don't really pick up on "inside jokes" necessarily, but the fact that the makers felt it necessary to include it in the film is absolutely ridiculous. It's not overkill just yet, but I notice things like this are being inserted more and more in these CHILDREN'S films. If it is supposed to be for ALL AGES, then I shouldn't have to feel like I need to screen it for my 8 and 10 year old to make sure that "this time" they didn't decide to go "over the line." My kids are a little older, and since I don't make a BIG DEAL about it, they seem to disregard some of it. But it's the "Junk in her Trunk" that my daughter notices and immediately wants to know what that means. Then I get to explain what they're talking about. They're getting stupid with it, and I feel if it is FOR CHILDREN, then let it be FOR CHILDREN... Good grief. I know adults want to be entertained as well, but if you're an adult, and you feel the need for some ADULT CARTOON ENTERTAINMENT, then by all means go watch Family Guy, or American Dad.. Those should give you your fill of inappropriate behavior and sexual references. Other than that, the film was mediocre. My kids begged to watch it, and they thought it was alright. They didn't really go bananas like they thought they would.. So there ya go my opinion in a BIG OL' NUTSHELL.. :) OH PS - If you don't recall what I am referring to, before you attack me as a crazy mom, watch it again, I promise you'll notice them this time. I just pick up on stuff like that, and if I don't my husband does.

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 5+

The movie is made for kids, but contains jokes for the parents to laugh at, the shakespear reference is on the nose.

Gnomeo and Juliet isn't intended to be a COMPLETE remake of Romeo and Juliet. It's intended to be a play on it, using the basis of the play for plot purposes. I enjoyed it, actually. My son, who's two, enjoys it. I think saying that the Gnomes RAN Tybalt into a wall is a bit of a stretch. Tybalt was fighting Gnomeo while operating the lawnmower, technically this is a conversation on poor vehicle operation. ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD OR YOU'LL END UP LIKE TYBALT. There were quite a few jokes with adults in mind, but growing up in the spongebob era, I don't see the harm in these. A kid won't understand what those mean until they're old enough to understand the concept behind those jokes. By the time they understand the jokes, something else has probably made sure they understood what it means, be it friends at school ( usually the case ) or someone on the internet. ( was the case for me. ) Like with Spongebob, the innuendos are there for the ADULT to chuckle at, because they're well aware we'll be watching with our kids, and this is a movie made by adults, with kids, who know what it's like to sit through a carebearesque movie. Aside from what I mentioned, the thing I kind of found weird was...the inclusion of the shakespeare statue. It was really on the nose, and the whole section of the movie with Gnomeos exile seemed a bit...pointless? They didn't have anything else that could serve a better purpose for this? All in all, the movie was fun to watch, my son would bounce and laugh at everything in it excitedly which is also fun to watch, especially since the only other show that gets him this excited is Bluey. There are some adult-minded jokes, but like I said, most children won't understand and the jokes are there for US as parents. It'd be insane to assume that they market ONLY to kids, the main driving factor for a kids movie is the parents after all. Then there's the on-the-nose reference with the Shakespear statue which served a minimal purpose outside of recapping the story and how it was SUPPOSED to end.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (70 ):
Kids say (94 ):

Young kids will love all the loopy gnome humor -- even if they don't get all of the jokes -- and it's a great way to introduce them to Shakespeare. The premise of the story may sound a bit off-putting at first -- Shakespeare's much-beloved tragedy via CGI gnomes? But, of course, that's what purists must've thought when they first heard about West Side Story, and that's one of the greatest musicals ever. So enter Gnomeo and Juliet with an open mind, and you'll find this adaptation quite original and amusing -- and equally (if not more) a tribute to producer Elton John as it is to Shakespeare. John's best songs -- including "Bennie and the Jets," "I'm Still Standing," "Crocodile Rock," and "Your Song" -- are all incorporated in the score, and the larger-than-life singer even recorded two songs especially for the soundtrack. The result is a familiar accompaniment to an even more familiar tale -- much like a Baz Luhrmann production for kids and parents.

Grown-ups familiar with Shakespeare's works will have fun noting all of the movie's Bard references (like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Movers, Tempest Teapots, and a line from Macbeth, to name just a few ) and watching the tragic tale transform into a comedy performed by some of Britain's finest actors and comedians. McAvoy and Blunt, it's obvious, are charming whether in the flesh or voicing animated lawn decorations.

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