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Parents' Guide to

Over the Moon

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Dreamy, China-set musical fairy tale has positive lessons.

Movie PG 2020 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 12+

Not for literal kids

Lovely film. However, my 6 year old daughter cried for hours after watching this. She then cried randomly for weeks after to the point, even school spoke to me about it. They explained she would break down into tears saying "mum is dead and she's not coming back" the school thought she was talking about me. This wasn't one we would have let our little one watch. However, nan (who lives with us) didn't know anything about and just decided on that one when having a movie day with my daughter.
age 12+

Death & grief are the pervasive themes.

Short answer: It’s about grief. There’s a lot of death. Be prepared to cry. Be prepared for your kids to cry. And have trouble sleeping being afraid of death. Full review: Lots of death, a chamber of sadness. The whole thing was about how to deal with grief. It was just too heavy for a Friday night and definitely not good before bed. Kids ages 7 and 14 and we let my 14 Year old finish it without the 7 year old because it was just too much.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27 ):
Kids say (50 ):

This charming film combines magical locations, impressive animation, memorable musical numbers, sweet characters, and positive life lessons in a fairy tale about the boundless love of family. There are some flaws in Over the Moon, including not enough screen time for the adorable Gobi, played by comedian Ken Jeong, and especially the abrupt change in tone and pace when Fei Fei leaves her immaculate, golden-hued Chinese village and rockets to the moon. Here she enters an imaginary space kingdom made up of candy-colored "lunarian" creatures and a goddess (voiced by Hamilton's Soo) who appears unexpectedly as a kind of pop artist. It's all a bit disconcerting, and can feel at first like you've stumbled into an entirely different movie.

Things eventually even out as Fei Fei's adventures in the lunar wonderland begin to make sense. Secondary characters are also entertaining, especially humorous, defenseless sidekick Gobi (think Sven in Frozen) and incorrigible tag-along little brother Chin. The title of Over the Moon may have multiple meanings for this film: It can be an expression of love or excitement, and it's also the place where Fei Fei travels to open up her heart again (production design was partially inspired by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album cover). The title also hints at Georges Melies' early film adventure, A Trip to the Moon, an image alluded to in the movie. Lastly, it makes reference to the Chinese festival known as the Autumn Moon Festival. All of these aspects and inspiration combine in a layered production that feels in more ways than one like a labor of love.

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