Parents' Guide to

Gulliver's Travels

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Amusing adventure for fans of Jack Black and silly jokes.

Movie PG 2010 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 8+


Violence: Gulliver gets into a fist fight with a giant robot, etc. Sex: A couple of exchanged kisses, a man teaches another how to flirt Language: a man is called a lame-a*s, then he is tricked into calling himself one, not knowing what it meant. Damn, etc.
age 5+

Good for 5+

My daughter loved it and i feel that there is no problem with it i just tell me daughter not to say those words when they come up and shes fine!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36 ):
Kids say (41 ):

Whether you'll enjoy GULLIVER'S TRAVELS or not all boils down to how much you enjoy Black's brand of humor. For those who consider him an irresistible jokester, this is a slightly better-than-average comedy with loads of pop culture references and that signature Black comedy. Audiences who are lukewarm on Black's charm may be less amused by this adaptation, but there are enough silly laughs, talented supporting actors, and broad sight gags (such as the diminutive, fully made-up KISS band) to make this a decent family pick.

Even taking the scenery-chewing Black out of the picture, the Lilliputian cast is good, with Billy Connolly as the always entertaining king, Blunt as the beautiful princess who yearns for more than her status allows, and Segel as the commoner who yearns to woo her. But the stand-out performer is O'Dowd, an Irish actor best known for his work on British television (The IT Crowd). His uptight, self-righteous General Edward is just the right mix of pompous and insecure for what's otherwise a caricaturish character. This fish-out-of-water fantasy isn't necessarily a must-see film, but for Black devotees, it's yet another example of the comedian's Adam Sandler-like ability to remain essentially himself in every movie.

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