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Parents' Guide to

Ne Zha

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Lots of fantasy violence in animation based on Chinese myth.

Movie NR 2019 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

Sexual innuendos

The movie was ok considering the demonic child however when he was asked to put his hand down a man's pants that was just not ok stop trying to normalize pedophilia please
age 18+

Child grooming

There’s a scene where the child is asked to “help” find something in a adults pants. He’s fumbling around in the man pants and even comments on “a sword”’s child predator grooming. Don’t watch, no one really should

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This animated fantasy was a huge box office hit in its native China, and its empowering messages and stunning visuals will make it an engaging watch for fans of the genre. That said, the storyline could be initially confusing to audiences with no connection to the Chinese legend of the powerful but cursed boy (he's a very familiar figure in China, however, with this film serving as an origin story), and the endless action and violence might prove tedious for parents or more critical viewers.

But there are some very positive lessons here about fitting in, learning self-control, and believing in yourself and your family despite others' preconceived notions, prejudices, or bullying. There's also quite a bit of humor in some of the exaggerated characters and sillier sequences, as well as pathos in Ne Zha's relationships and his attempts to control his demon nature. And the animation is dazzling, particularly scenes involving a painted landscape that characters can only escape by painting their way out.

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