Jack and the Beanstalk

Movie review by Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Silly live-action twist on classic fairy tale is goofy fun.

G 2010 94 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 9+

Cringe

Opens with a young girl - like, 9 years old - handcuffed in fur-lined cuffs with her arms above her head, wearing a short skirt, biting her lip seductively.  It's absurd, and sexist, and off-putting.  The whole movie continues in this fashion: women and girls pouting, finding themselves in provocative poses.  This is supposed to be self-aware and funny, but, like the numerous allusions to other movies peppered throughout the film, it comes off as clumsy and unsettling instead of clever.  Also, for unfathomable reasons, multiple characters speak in fake British accents.  A deeply cringe-worthy movie. Terrible gender messages.
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age 9+

Couldn't even finish it

After the opening scene with the exaggerated swooning of Chloe Grace, the flashy smile and cheesy over acted flirting between them.... Combined with the scene in the classroom relegating males to being prince's, hero's and charming, /females to being princesses, Damsels in distress, ingenues or ugly stepsisters... We couldn't continue. Even if this is sarcastic or resolves later on, it's hard for younger children to understand. We got about 30 minutes in and no one was interested in continuing.
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