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Peter Pan (2000)

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Leap-out-of-your-seat fun; great intro to theater.

Movie NR 2000 96 minutes
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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

A matue TWO is fiiiiiiiiiine.

My daughter LOVES this movie. The music ~ the stomp like dance sequence ~ the drama ~ the flying. She takes all the pieces and reinacts them through her week.

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Rigby is the best Pan seen on Broadway, far better than Mary Martin or the cutesy Sandy Duncan. Her dynamic and athletic performance is probably as close as a woman can come to portraying a boy, and her singing voice is powerful and clear. The flying is thrilling. Rigby swoops, tumbles, and spins through the air with reckless abandon, the theater scarcely seeming large enough to hold her. Most of the best musical numbers take place in the nursery -- the excitement often flags once the characters reach Neverland. But this production brings it flying back, with a breathtaking staging of the song "Ugg-A-Wugg," in which the Lost Boys and Indians unite, that has the cast drumming all over the stage.

There are problems. The British accents are distractingly bad. Close-ups of Rigby don't help bolster the illusion that she is a 10-year-old boy. Oddly, the Lost Boys are played by teens and adults as well; the only real children on the stage are John and Michael. Paul Schoeffler's plays Hook entirely for laughs, but has none of that villain's oily menace and swagger. But these are quibbles; updated for today's children, this PETER PAN will have them leaping out of their seats with excitement, singing the songs for days, and dreaming of flying.

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