Parents' Guide to

Mouse Hunt

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever slapstick with cartoonish violence, profanity.

Movie PG 1997 97 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 5+

My 5yo enjoyed it and so did I

The movie does get a little risque as mentioned, but I watched it with my 5yo and we all liked it. She liked the over-the-top antics, and the humor/plot wasn't bland enough to put me to sleep. I don't think the mildly sexual segments will ruin my kids future.
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age 6+

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So...I'm perusing through some reviews after I do a Google search trying to find out what time frame mouse hunt is set in (any guesses?) and I come across all this ridiculousness. Why is this movie rated a 3/5for "sexy stuff"? There is maybe one scene with anything like that...and its not so blatant that a kid could see what's up. A young kid would have no clue and an older one surely would already have some knowledge prior to what is the big deal? And no kid is going to get the "innuendo" discussed. Its overall a cute movie. My 4 year old daughter loves it. The "violence" is compensated for by the fact that every time a stab is taken at the mouse...the mouse wins. Did it actually get hurt at any point? Don't think so. And how bout the ending? The main characters actually JOIN THE MOUSE in a partnership's got a happy ending. This movie is pretty mild. It's called a "family movie" for a reason. Everyone can enjoy it, not just little kids. I rated it for kids 6 and up just because I think younger kids might be bored with it in between the mouse sequences.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (14):

Although something of a Home Alone retread, Mouse Hunt has far more brains, heart, and style, which will endear it to adults as well as young viewers. Take heed of the PG rating for excessive cartoon-style violence. About two-thirds of the way through it takes an excessively cruel turn, when the mouse floods the house with gas fumes and blows the brothers sky-high. Kids will eat it up, but parents may wince.

Casting Christopher Walken as an exterminator is just one of many inspired touches that gives this movie its adult appeal. William Hickey is also fine -- in one of his last performances -- as frail old Rudolph Smuntz, whose somber portrait keeps changing expression after he passes on.

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