Movie review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Long fantasy best for fans of Terry Pratchett's book.

NR 2008 189 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Good Off Centre Christmas Movie

Watching both instalments of this mini-series comes as a 3 hour experience. The story revolves around a female role model, and concludes with strong messages about the "true meaning of Hogswatch (Christmas)". There are a few stabbings throughout the movie, but no blood, so this film should be fine for most 11+ tweens.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 12+

Stunning film, but not for younger kids.

This is a fantastic film in every sense of the word - it is long, but as a very faithful adaptation of a Discworld novel, it needs to be. Parents should know that this is NOT intended as a kids' movie. Mr Teatime is extremely creepy. People are murdered, and whilst the character of Death is played for laughs (to an adult audience), children may find the image of Death-dressed-as-Santa rather disturbing. That said, teenagers old enough to deal with the violence and the sophisticated themes are likely to enjoy the irreverence and off-centre nature of Pratchett's humour. There are also definite moral positives. The central theme is the importance of belief, which is relevant not only to children and/or the religious (in fact it is not presented in a religious way at all). Also, I can't believe noone has mentioned what an amazing character Susan is! Not only is she an incredibly strong, responsible, intelligent and no-nonsense female character, but she actively teaches these same values to the children she babysits. I love this movie, and highly recommend it - but my daughter won't be seeing it for a long while yet.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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