Lu Over the Wall

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Imaginative animated mermaid adventure has a few scares.

PG 2018 112 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 5 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Great movie that needs to be seen.

There are moments of translational differences from original language to English, but overall well done. The story was simple, execution with music and dancing push my kids to dance in the middle of the movie...I was so happy. Fourth time in all the 2 hundred movies we have seen. Animation is different but the kids did not even notice at first. Son got worried at the end when SPOLIERS Characters were getting hurt by the sunlight. Really well done. Bad guys are motivated by more than greed or superstition, and good guys do not just stand back and let things happen.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Entertaining and strange with an unfortunate stereotype

This movie was different; I'll give it that. Even though the "Lu" character is pretty similar to Ponyo, the movie is stylistically unlike anything most American children have ever seen, while the story is interesting and easy to follow. Children will have trouble understanding why Yuho is portrayed as such a "sexy" stereotype, with an ultra-short skirt and a stereotypically "ditzy" demeanor, and adults will be alarmed to note that, as a Japanese Junior High student, this character can be no older than 15. Otherwise, the film has a lot to offer.

This title has:

Too much sex

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