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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain rather than educate.
While the characters don't often face consequences for their negative actions, viewers do get to see how magical powers don't solve all of Sabrina's problems.
Positive Role Models
Though mostly aloof, Sabrina's aunts look out for her when she's in trouble. Sabrina does try to help her friends when they're in trouble and set wrongs right.
Violence & Scariness
Magic spells transform flowers into monsters that try to attack the characters. Rivalries and fighting among characters. Intentional undermining and sabotage. Two characters are possessed by sprites. There are no real consequences for Sabrina's or the villains' actions, except in a case where a mother leaves her child to fend for himself against a magical creature because he disobeyed her. Visible injuries are rare.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sabrina has a crush.
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No cursing. Some slang terms like "this is lame" and "cupid is stupid."
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Products & Purchases
Characters exchange Valentine's Day gifts. No specific brands are shown.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sabrina: Magic of the Rose is a four-part episodic movie featuring the same characters from the TV series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch. Sabrina (voiced by Ashley Tisdale) finds herself in tricky situations where magic goes wrong, often due to sabotage by a snobby warlock and his villainous mother. Encounters with monster flowers, fighting, and possessive magical creatures -- none of which has real consequences -- give this movie a darker feel than previous iterations. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Earlier versions of this character have been charming, but this movie was pieced together using four episodes from the Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch series, which is darker and more devious. Even without prior knowledge of the series, viewers can quickly catch on to the obnoxious villains determined to work against Sabrina. But the villains aren't the only characters who make mistakes. Sabrina herself seems more concerned about her crush than problem solving. And when events fall back into place at the end, there's usually a lack of consequence for the actions that put them there. Although, spoiler alert!, in one instance, Shinji faces the consequence for stealing a baby dragon: His mother abandons him with the mother dragon.
Though the show is exciting and colorful and offers some name recognition, it deserves careful consideration for children.
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