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Parents' Guide to

Harry and the Hendersons

By Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

A big, Harry family adventure full of laughs.

Movie PG 1987 110 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 19 parent reviews

age 9+

Harry Come Live With Us

I cherish this movie from my childhood and don't recall the language or violence. That was until I watched it with my kids. I found myself running for the tv as the little boy started cussing 5 minutes into the film. Now did those things stick with me into my adulthood, probably not. All I recalled was how funny it was and how sad it was at the end. I wish I had waited to share this one with my kids. They were 3 and 4 at the time. These 80's movies will catch you off guard! Be cautious.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
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age 9+

Kinda scary and lots of swearing

We watched this tonight with our 4 and 7 year olds. I was surprised by the swearing, which I didn’t remember (sh-t, sh-tless, bast-rd, etc). Otherwise, it’s ok. I wouldn’t recommend it. Lots of parts of it were too scary even for my 7yo.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (16 ):

A comedy at heart, HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS offers some touching scenes and powerful messages in between rollicking action scenes, slapstick gags, and sharp one-liners. Harry bonds with each member of the Henderson family -- especially precocious (and occasionally foul-mouthed) 8-year-old Ernie (Joshua Rudroy) -- and the Hendersons unite in their mission to save their newfound friend.

Most of the action is cartoonish, but there is definitely some suspense when the hunters go after Harry. And for those against hunting, the story loses some of its enjoyment. Otherwise, this movie is pure family comedy wrapped up in a wild adventure story.

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