Once Upon a Mattress

Movie review by Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Disney reboot has fun playing on fairy tale stereotypes.

NR 2005 87 minutes

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age 5+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 6+

Colorful, fun musical with one “skip” scene

Colorful musical with bright costumes and fun (but mostly forgettable) songs. Carol Burnett is a hoot! Watched with my 6 and 10 year olds. Parents should know that the story starts out with a Maid and a Knight learning that they are pregnant. However, no one in the kingdom can get married until the 40 year old virgin Prince marries first, and that is not going to happen as long as the Prince’s mother, the overprotective Queen, has her way. Everything was fine for my kids except my wife and I found ourselves a little surprised by the “Dad, I’m getting married in the morning and I think it’s time we had that ‘talk’” scene. What followed was a 5 minute song with the “mute” King teaching about the birds and the bees, through symbolic pantomime, while the Prince narrated through song. Nothing graphic or grotesque, but weren’t quite ready to spring that on them. My kids love charades, so they were paying close attention. However, other than that one scene, there are only a few “stage“ kisses.

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age 8+

Lighthearted and silly romp

This is a fluffy, lighthearted musical romp — a silly story with goofy jokes and catchy songs. My 11-year-old son thought it was hilarious, laughing aloud at lots of jokes (both verbal and musical) and didn’t want to stop watching once we had started viewing. Really fairly wholesome way to spend an evening.

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