Opposite Day

  • Review Date: November 14, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 81 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Kids rule the world but learn to be responsible, too.
  • Review Date: November 14, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 81 minutes





What parents need to know

Educational value

Lessons about taking care of a household, a family, and holding a job.

Positive messages

The movie makes the point that even when the world is topsy-turvy, sticking with your family is important. There are some moments where fathers and grandfathers are given more appreciation than mothers and grandmothers.

Positive role models

Grandma and Grandpa are funny and good at looking after their grandkids. When it's the kids' turn to care for their elders, they try to do a good job, which means taking responsibility for a change.

Violence & scariness

Kids punch other kids, but no blood. Ninja fight scenes use comical hand-to-hand martial arts. Some perilous moments in cars. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Recognizable boxes of cereal (Trix) and snacks (Fiddle Faddle) make cameos in the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this kids-gone-wild comedy sticks to the straight and narrow for the most part. It doesn't rely on gross-out moments or lewd humor to keep the movie entertaining. Instead, it's full of positive messages about the importance of family and being responsible. And aside from some mild comic violence, there's very little to concern parents.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Scientists at Cuddledyne Corporation have built a device that's meant to translate baby language, but when a trial goes awry, the entire town of Fairfield is turned upside down. Suddenly, all of the parents are acting like kids, and the kids are running the show. When Sammy (Billy Unger) and Carla (Ariel Winter) return from a vacation with their grandparents, they observe the topsy-turvy situation and have to figure out how to get things back to normal.

Is it any good?


What would happen if kids ruled the world? Mass hysteria? Free milkshakes at the ice cream shop? Or business as usual? This movie has a lot of fun exploring the "what if" facet of this question. Where some movies might have taken liberty with lewd language or risque behavior, this movie keeps the irony pretty clean.

Thanks to expert performances by veteran actors (Dick Van Patten of Eight Is Enough and Renee Taylor from The Nanny), the humorous moments deliver a little soul as well. The kids who wanted to rule the world realize that with power comes -- surprise -- responsibility. It's also refreshing to see kids learn lessons about respecting parents and grandparents. Considering its chaotic, comedic premise, OPPOSITE DAY delivers some solid family messages that just might stick. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about responsibility. Who's responsible for the most duties in your house? Is that what being grown up is all about? What would happen in your house if the kids had all the responsibility?

  • Talk about the humor in the movie. What parts did you laugh at, and why? Why are wild scenarios like this one so funny? What lessons are taught through humor?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 16, 2010
Cast:Dick Van Patten, George Wendt, Pauly Shore
Director:R. Michael Givens
Studio:Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters
Run time:81 minutes
MPAA rating:G

This review of Opposite Day was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 12 years old August 12, 2013

please hit me

This was by far the worst hour and a half of my time sure it had a cute message but you shouldn't bother on this low budget movie but the worst part was the acting not one of those kids was a good actor. I rather have sticks jabbed into my eyes then see this again
Parent Written byLotsOfUs3 May 24, 2013

Don't waste your time.

Very low budget. Didn't appreciate that the kids solved their problems through ninja and glove fights. Kids act like adults and kiss on the cheek... but they are brothers and sisters. Creepy. They show a photo copy of an elbow and call it a "bottom." Also creepy to see. Female "wives" are stereotyped as stay at home parents. I wish I had my time back.
Kid, 10 years old July 10, 2011

good movie actually

it was good and nothing bad except people refer their make up to being as smooth as a babys bottom and someone having a picture of their elbow and people thinking it's their butt theirs like some action but not really that much I think 5+ is good


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools