Into the Woods

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Sondheim's fairy tale musical is dark, complex, sublime.

PG 2014 124 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 91 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 115 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

It's very entertaining [in a good way].

I think it's a really good movie but it's a bit scary in some places and features inappropriate jestures.
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age 16+

One of the worst films we have ever seen

This is a terrible movie! It is inappropriate for children and should be rated much higher. The songs and dialogue include words such as "rape" and "abuse." The themes are extremely dark - for example, the wolf stalks the young girl and the fact he is a man, not a real wolf, actually makes it scarier. There is a creepy pedophile/sexual predator overtone to what he says about her and her "flesh." I couldn't believe it got through censors. When the wolf is in the bed pretending to be granny he looks super scary, like a zombie or a corpse. My 8-year-old son, who has seen scary films like Jurassic Park and been totally fine, asked me to fast forward, and he is not scared of anything. There are lots of other scary moments of witches suddenly dropping out of tress etc but worse are the really dark scary themes of murder, kidnapping etc. One other shocking moment is when the stepmother cuts off the toes and heels of her daughters, with a knife! This is definitely not a scene for a children's movie. The characters call Jack "dim witted" and it's very mean and sends a message that kids who are not academic or intellectual are stupid and a nuisance to others. The characters do a lot of immoral and exploitative things - tricking others, lying, stealing, adultery... the list goes on. Not only is the film inappropriate and scary, but even if you are an adult who wouldn't be bothered by that, the songs are soooo long and boring and stagey. The music is really annoying. I can't understand who this film is for. It's not for kids, because it's super inappropriate, dark and scary. But how can it be a film for adults? It's about fairy tales. To give context we have watched other "dark" films that we liked, such as Nightmare Before Christmas, and this is very different from that - a much poorer quality film, and far more adult content. Do not watch this!!! Can't believe Disney approved it and all these famous actors were in it. It's a massive flop.
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