Opposite Day

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Kids rule the world but learn to be responsible, too.
  • G
  • 2010
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySunbear66 March 18, 2020

Pretty good movie

I watched this movie a lot when I was younger(6-9) and I loved it. I admit, the acting is subpar and the storyline is really weird but it's a good movie to... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 25, 2013

Matthew's Opposite Day Movie Review

It's a really funny movie. kids under 7 might be a little nervous as some kids punch kids and there is a ninja fighting scene but other than that there is... Continue reading

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?

Considering its chaotic, comedic premise, OPPOSITE DAY delivers some solid family messages that just might stick. 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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For kids who love family-friendly comedy

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