Parents' Guide to

Secret Magic Control Agency

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fairy tale-inspired story has peril and positive messages.

Movie NR 2021 105 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+

Heavy drug reference

Bruh. All of the mushrooms it shows(and it shows A LOT) are psychedelic mushrooms(magic mushrooms). I mean it's in most of the movie. Even the main antagonist has one as her necklace. The main one is that red mushrooms with white dots.
age 18+

Petey pipe and syringe blatantly shown in movie-drug paraphernalia shown

The scene where the lady is making “potions” clearly shows as a meth pipe with rocks in it and a syringe that looks like blood is mixed (just like with what is done when actually using syringes). The woman giving these things is depicted as a “good person “. It’s sick that a movie would try to hide the worst of drugs in a children’s film. Not to mention they don’t display the kindest behavior, but the drug paraphernalia being shown is absurd. I would add a picture if the comment allowed. Please do not let your children watch this.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Kids will likely respond well to the attractive animated realms and heroic tale of two siblings in this film. They'll probably also get a good giggle out of some of Hansel's antics or goofy animated characters, like the mommy-loving giant dough-ball or the cupcake that poops pink frosting when it gets scared. Secret Magic Control Agency is aimed squarely at this very young audience, who also likely won't mind the at-times confusing assortment of ideas and characters thrown together here. The animated worlds in this Russian-American production are sumptuous and complex, and the action is often set to inspirational music.

As with many streaming films trying to grab viewers' attention in the first few minutes, the opening sequence is action-packed, involving a stuffed banquet that comes to life and kidnaps the king. But the film gains when it slows down a bit, allowing the characters -- especially secret agent Gretel and her wayward but gold-hearted brother Hansel -- to develop. One scene in particular, where the siblings argue then come to some realizations and a new understanding of each other and their shared history, offers a bit of depth and a nice contrast to the nonstop action. There's also a clever nod to the Brothers Grimm in the ending. It's unfortunate the creators felt the need to over-stuff their otherwise attractive package.

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