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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain rather than educate, but Kun does learn to value being a big brother and belonging to his family.
Promotes loving your siblings, family togetherness, finding out about your family roots, and recognizing that everyone wants to be seen and valued.
Positive Role Models
Kun's parents are understandably overwhelmed with new baby but are kind, loving, want Kun to love his baby sister. Kun is precocious, clever. Kun has typical sibling envy, impulse-control issues, but grows to appreciate sister and his role as big brother. Kun's grandparents and great-grandfather are supportive, loving.
Violence & Scariness
Kun pinches baby Mirai's cheeks, pokes her, hits her on purpose with train. He struggles with compulsion to hurt her more than once. Flashback to great-grandfather's time in war, when his leg is injured. Kun falls over while riding a bike. A couple of times, his mom's face turns into a demon's. When he's lost, he ends up in a scary fictional train station/train that's for "lost kids."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nonsexual partial nudity as the family takes a bath together (shoulders and sides visible).
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"Witch," "I don't like you!"
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Products & Purchases
MacBook, Miele appliances, iPad.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The parents drink beer at dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mirai is a Japanese animated movie about a 4-year-old boy who's bored and upset about being a new big brother and ends up time-traveling to meet family members from the future and past. Although the movie features a young main character, the overall story and lessons may be better for tweens and up -- and it may be most appreciated by adults, who can understand the nuances of Kun's journey. There a few potentially frightening moments, like when Kun imagines people turning into demons and when he ends up alone at a train station for "lost kids" that also seems to stand in for a scary nightmare. Kun also purposely bothers, pokes at, and hits his baby sister with a toy. But ultimately, this is a sweet story about a little boy learning to value being a big brother and belonging to his family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The type of animated film parents might enjoy more than kids, this magical sibling adventure is a dreamy, touching look at the importance of family ties and knowing your personal history. Kun is a believably upset new big brother who, however misguidedly, feels replaced in his parents' affections. Director Mamoru Hosoda beautifully captures the emotional turmoil of introducing a newborn to an already established family of three -- from the realistically exhausted (and occasionally bickering) parents to the no-nonsense grandparents and, of course, the skeptical, downright angry older child, who in this case can't control his emotions.
The trippy time-defying moments in Mirai are funny and heartfelt. Even the dog is turned into an older human man who recalls being upset by Kun's birth. A particularly touching sequence has Kun meeting his great-grandfather, a motorcycle-driving mechanic injured in World War II. The older man (who doesn't really know what's going on) teaches Kun about confidence and courage, and little Kun brings that message back into his current life. The dreamy sequences all change Kun for the better, making him a more empathetic son, dog owner, and, finally, big brother.
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