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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sweet, poignant mockumentary goes small to make big points.

Movie PG 2022 89 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

New Age caution + unnecessary inappropriate references

So it's obviously a cute and thoughtful movie. I appreciate the realness of it and the slowness of it. My eight year old daughter really enjoyed the movie but I docked two stars for the inclusion of a number of inappropriate jokes / references that were completely unnecessary and not appropriate for children at all. Why include those!? They didn't add to the movie in any way. Marcel was funny and clever without them. Also did not resonate with the oneness theology / new age note that the movie ended with. Overall I'd say the movie was a bit of a let down for me and much more melancholic than I had hoped for.
11 people found this helpful.
age 7+

Sweet film

Although some members will find the movie mockumentry style quite weird it has a soul and will keep the entire family entertained.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Sweet, poignant, and funny -- but also intentionally calm and thoughtful -- this movie about a tiny shell's unique perspective on life will have you looking at your own surroundings in new ways. Based on a popular series of YouTube videos from the early 2010s, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is a stop-motion labor of love that took more than six years for Slate and Fleischer-Camp to make. And while fans of the original videos will appreciate the callbacks to jokes about things like Marcel using toenails for skis, there's so much more in this longer version of Marcel's story. The care that clearly went into creating Marcel and his world is evident in every scene, from his tiny honey footprints on the walls (the honey helps him stick) to the elaborate systems he sets up to gather food and move around his house.

While Marcel's journey to find his family feels huge and intimidating to him, it's important to remember that all of this is happening on shell scale. Young kids or those expecting action and adventure may find their attention wandering while Marcel putters around his house and decides what to do. But for those who are able to focus on this tiny hero and what he learns about family, friendship, and taking necessary risks, this lovely little film will have a big impact.

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