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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Cool-but-creepy monster flick is too scary for little kids.

Movie PG 2012 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

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age 10+

Based on 62 parent reviews

age 12+

It depends on the kid

I think it's 12+ because there are some scenes that are not that will scare younger children (in my opinion its 9+ if you dont watch it with parents) for example like 2 minutes in the movie norman's mom asks what he was watching and he says "sex and violence" (he didnt watch sex) Norman's sister meets a guy and she unzips her shirt and fixes up her hair and once in the movie norman says the f word (he's not actually saying the curse word just "f word") and they mention the word "boobs" in the movie There are some scary scenes that might scare little kids a lot but most kids like 7 and up will not be that scared
age 12+

Be mindful of sexual undertones and underbreath comments

Other than the things mentioned in the “sex” section, there’s also a scene at the library where one of the children says that he’d rather be at the adult video store across the street.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (62 ):
Kids say (117 ):

Written and directed by Chris Butler, who worked on both Coraline and Corpse Bride, PARANORMAN has the same lush, stylized stop-action animation as those similarly moody films. And, like Coraline, Norman is an outcast with a complicated relationship with his parents. While the supporting characters here aren't nearly as vivid as Coraline's eccentric neighbors (it was, after all, a Neil Gaiman-based adaptation), Norman is an earnest underdog who's easy to cheerlead for -- even if you weren't a middle-school loner yourself.

There's a sophistication to Laika's 3-D stop-action films, and they're just edgy enough to engage even jaded teens who fancy themselves too old for animation. This is not a Disney princess musical; it's got an authenticity to its teenspeak (especially Courtney's hormone-fueled attempts to attract dim-bulb Mitch) and a deep understanding of the perils of early adolescence, when being different feels like it's the worst curse but can really be a blessing in disguise.

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