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By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

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

Movie NR 2008 189 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 5 parent 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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (4):

Though it is beautfully staged and well-acted, this adaptation of Terry Pratchett's book chases its own tail. The jist of the message is that humans need to have belief in certain things, such as the Tooth Fairy or Hogfather (or Santa, on Earth). However, the whole of Discworld where the characters live is teeming with fantasy creatures that are certainly real in their world. It makes believing in a gift-giving hog god no stretch at all.

Those who enjoyed the book will appreciate the details (Susan reading a very grim tale at the start of the film, a tiny grim-reaper mouse collecting dead mouse souls, the God of Hangovers falling in love with the Tooth Fairy, etc..) that the makers of this movie have brought to life. But viewers who have not read the book will be confused by the rules of this world, and moreover might be creeped out by some of the characters. The monsters under the bed are real, and Death -- though pragmatic and sensitive -- has a face only his mother could love.

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