Parents' Guide to

Little Darlings: The Movie

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kids' book adaptation has complex themes, positive messages.

Movie NR 2022 105 minutes
Little Darlings: The Movie poster

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Ok kids film

It’s a bit slow, but an alright kids film. Watched with my 5 & 8 year old they thought it was alright too.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Adapted from the bestselling book by popular kids' author Jacqueline Wilson, this is a fun, uplifting movie that deals with some difficult themes, yet it's full of positive messages. Starring a cast of bright young actors, as well as British '90s pop stars Jamelia and Lemar, Little Darlings: The Movie has plenty that will appeal to kids, and a touch of nostalgia for parents to boot. The acting can feel a little wooden and melodramatic in places. But the warmth between the two young sisters and the sparky chemistry between the older leads keep the scenes on track.

Pulling from the inventive hand-drawn illustrations of the book, the film uses mini-animations to move between scenes, adding a quirky, colorful edge that ties it in with the characters' preteen diaries. Add to that an adorable singer-songwriter sibling duo and a big family performance at the end, and this is a bright and lively adaptation that could well become a favorite for young Wilson fans.

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