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Ivy + Bean

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fun book-based movie has some taunts, imagined peril.

Movie NR 2022 57 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 5+

Family Fun

If you're one of those parents that think everything outside of Daniel Tiger is satanic... then, yeah... maybe you won't like this. However, this movie depicts real children doing the type of things children do... and it's funny, charming, and heartfelt. If you recognize your children as little humans with actual personalities and a brain... you might enjoy watching this with them. This movie is probably better for 6 and up, but will be fine for many 4 and 5-year-olds.

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6 people found this helpful.
age 5+
This is a lovely story of friendship between what at first seemed like unlikely companions. We watched it with our boys and got big laughs from the kids’ antics and sibling rivalries. Cute, fun, and at less than an hour it’s perfect for after dinner Family movie night

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1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

With adorable stars and inventive visualizations of children's imaginations, this adaptation is worthy of the bestselling books that served as inspiration. At just under an hour, Ivy + Bean is the right length for young viewers (and their parents). The two main characters are brought to life by stars Validum and Blalock as genuine little girls whose make-believe worlds feel entirely real to them. They fully believe they can cast spells, hide from adults in plain sight, storm through jungles like khaki-clad adventurers, catch and train bears, and so on.

The film helps viewers enter into their imaginary worlds by enacting what the girls are thinking. In that way, it captures the creativity of kids and allows us to feel moments from their perspective, which includes the utter boredom of shopping with family and how large and intimidating an antagonistic adult can feel. While Bean's behavior at the start borders on bratty, the film successfully renders the ingenuity of kids when they're relieved of responsibilities, devoid of screens, and simply left to play.

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