A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Always take the high road and treat others how you want to be treated. End cycles of violence by being the one to forgive. Blind consumerism and technological advancement can lead to needless waste. Protect nature and the environment. Friends sometimes treat each other badly, meanly teasing each other and hitting and shoving each other when they're annoyed.
Positive Role Models
Sam teaches his father how to forgive. Michelle urges everyone to protect nature, limit waste, and be thoughtful about consumerism and technology.
Violence & Scariness
A pixie is injured when a bag of garbage falls on him. Lots of pranks result in slapstick violence, such as getting hit in the head. A lot of talk of war and the need for vengeance. Friends regularly hit or push each other when annoyed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talk about crushes, falling in love, dating, and adult relationships. Some kisses (between pixies and humans) and hand-holding. Some innuendo, such as Joe telling a nurse, "We could play doctor."
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Some insults such as "jerk."
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Products & Purchases
Anti-consumerist message that technology can create waste that's harmful to the environment.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pixies is a Canadian animated film based on a graphic novel and short film of the same name. Although the overarching message is that war and violence are never the answer, the message gets lost under the unrelenting slapstick violence inflicted on the humans by the pixies. Friends also treat each other badly, calling each other names and hitting and pushing each other when annoyed. There's some innuendo, hand-holding, and kissing -- and vegans and fans of yoga will no doubt be annoyed by the frequent mocking of their lifestyles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although this odd animated movie tries to push a positive message, the unrelenting attacks on Joe start to weigh on the audience by the end. The majority of PIXIES is spent showing Joe getting hit in the face, being taken to and from the hospital, and being embarrassed, all for a careless mistake. It's depressing and loses its humor pretty fast. Although the film is trying to illustrate the adage "an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind," it's hard to stick with it until the message is finally delivered. And the side characters undermine the anti-violence message by constantly pushing and hitting each other, even when it's in jest. Even when the characters are supposed to be likable, they still manage to be moderately cruel or callous. Although Joe is falling for Michelle, he constantly pokes fun at her veganism and alternative lifestyle with jokes and snide remarks that fall flat with the viewer. Even the animation is off-putting, with Michelle sporting reddish under-eye circles that give her an odd, sick appearance.
Ultimately, it's hard to see wom this movie is trying to appeal to. It has the plot complexity of a children's movie, but the jokes, innuendo, and underlying messages all seem geared toward a more adult audience, making it appealing to neither.
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