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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Silly but occasionally scary '80s movie has lots of peril.

Movie PG 1989 101 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 8+

Very upsetting scene with ant

I love this website as it allows our family to watch movies together even though we have a very sensitive seven-year-old… But I was moved to write a review for this one because they did not mention the fact that a sweet ant who had become a friend to the children (and tried to save their lives) was stung and killed by a scorpion. My son cried for like an hour! (“Did the ant really die, Mommy?!”) Usually (thanks to these fabulous reviews) I warn him about stuff like this and then he can tolerate it… I hope my review helps another sensitive kid either be prepared for that scene or prepared for the fact that their parent will fast forward that scene. ;)
age 10+

Teenage romance not for 6+

Too much teenage romance for kids... regret picking this one because it also put me to sleep. Little kids might enjoy it but pick up bad words.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (24 ):

Two-dimensional characters play second fiddle to the visual effects of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The gizmos are fun and plentiful, and Rick Moranis does what he can with the all-too-familiar role of the nerdy, misunderstood inventor. Moranis is actually more endearing and low-key here than we're used to seeing him, in part because he isn't given all that much to do and because he's the most sympathetic and appealing character the film has to offer. Even with imperiled kids riding bees or dodging giant water drops, it's hard to muster up enough enthusiasm to root for the would-be heroes.

The film's real disappointment isn't its short-of-cash special effects -- they're fun in their cheesy way -- but its ham-handedness in dealing with the emotional aspects of the story. There's no life to the budding romance between two teens from opposite sides of the fence, and the idea of an ant befriending four tiny humans provides a few needed chuckles although none are intended. Suffice it to say that if a shrinking machine could not only shrink stuff but repair shaky marriages and reconcile family strife with the flip of a switch, somebody would have invented that switch by now.

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