Peter Rabbit

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Action-heavy take on classic books has peril, edgy jokes.

PG 2018 89 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 160 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 69 reviews

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age 18+

Disgusting, would recommend to adults as old as 23+

Graphic depiction of sex, too much violence for 16 y/o’s. The past movies in the franchise have been beautiful and perfect for kids. Yet in this movie Peter has grown up. I don’t know how this fits with his character, (or lore) and I did not enjoy the movie. I did enjoy the merch advertising in the movie. Can’t have too much consumerism! #girlboss

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 5+

Not as bad as some people say it is…

I read a review that suggested that Beatrix Potter would be appalled at what they had done to her creation if she had seen this film. I think we have to consider the fact is set in the 21st-century and not there late 19th/early 20th century. There is slapstick humor (with a a couple of cringe-worthy moments) and what I would refer to as cartoon-like violence, but nothing that is truly nefarious or malicious. True, Mr. McGregor wants to eliminate the rabbits from his newly inherited home/garden so he can sell it and go back to London; but the rabbits are being pests, to be honest. The film later “explains“ why Mr. McGregor may not have much patience for the small animals; his childhood was rather sad and that is evident in his obsessive compulsiveness when it comes to order, tidiness, etc. His neighbor and romantic interest, Bea, is good hearted and feels opposite than he does when it concerns the rabbits. But the two of them do, however, find a connection and it is sweet and not overtly sexual in any way. Some reviewers mentioned their concerns about how allergies/allergic reactions are treated in this film. The director of the film once stated that his father has a deathly allergic reaction to bee stings, so he is completely understanding and sympathetic to the allergy issue. I also heard Domhnall Gleason once say that families who have lost relatives due to electrical shocks would have a lot to say about many films that have utilized such an injury in a comedic sense, which I personally thought was a great argument. Either way, I don’t think the controversy about the allergic reaction scene is anything to be concerned about. I say give the film a chance… It is not the greatest film, but it is not a waste of time, either.

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