Parents' Guide to

Rio

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Vibrant bird tale is part adventure, part love story.

Movie G 2011 96 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 72 parent reviews

age 6+

Sensitive person warning

For the average kid this is a fine movie to watch. For a sensitive kid it would be hard. I use this site as an adult to give me a good idea of the possible triggers I might experience without reading every detail and spoiling the movies/shows. Usually, this site is spot on but this one had a few surprises. There are weird racial undertones, morally troublesome characters, and abuse demonstrated between the boss and his cronies. There are several scary moments, that feel real. There is also a bdsm joke which seems out of place in a kids movie, but Im not too concerned about the overt sexuality. A good thing it has is disability representation. The main character Blu cannot fly for most of the movie but he gets around that in amazing ways. Overall, probably a fine movie for a kid not paying attention to it, but not fine for a 21 yr old with trauma
age 13+

Creeped out by behavior of captive birds

We didn't get past the scene where the birds were put among other captives. Those that had been there awhile were acting like they were brainwashed, trying to please their masters and avoid punishment. One bird was saying something along the lines of, "I'm a pretty bird, choose me" in a pleading voice... That scene turned our stomachs and we shut it off. This may sound innocuous but seeing the coping behavior of victims isn't my idea of entertainment.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (72 ):
Kids say (115 ):

It's no surprise that RIO feels as much like a love letter to Brazil as a delightful love story between two birds and their owners. Director Carlos Saldanha (of Ice Age fame) has said it was his professional dream to create an animated film set in his native Brazil, and he's certainly succeeded. The movie's luscious color palette is so vibrant and the music (supervised by renowned Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes) so enchanting that most adults will want to book trips to Rio after the credits roll. The main quartet of characters is helped tremendously by supporting songbirds Pedro and Nico, played by The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and Jamie Foxx, as well as the always-funny George Lopez as Rafael, a toucan with a large family.

One of the best parts of the movie is the inclusion of Fernando (Jake T. Austin), a street orphan who at first works for the smugglers but later redeems himself by helping Tulio and Linda. Many filmmakers would have ignored the grittier side of their beloved city, but Saldanha shows us -- very believably -- that a boy like Fernando just wants somewhere to belong. Plot wise, there's nothing particularly surprising about Jewel and Blu's adventure, but the animals we meet on the way -- a group of tech-savvy marmosets that text "OOH OOH AH AH" to each other on pick-pocketed smartphones, Rafael's toucan family, and even the crazy Nigel (Clement obviously had a ball playing this sadistic bird, plus he gets to sing) -- and the backdrop of gorgeous Rio make this an exciting cinematic vacation for all families.

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