Slumberland

Movie review by Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Child faces peril, parental loss in imaginative adventure.

PG 2022 120 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 7+
Slumberland has terrible reviews and I’m honestly shocked. I watched it with my three children 12, 9, and 7. My 7yr old found it scary at times but enjoyed it, my 9yr old said he likes it a lot and felt like crying during the sad parts, and my 12 yr old who is fully into her teenager era, said it was way less “cringe-y” than she expected. As an adult who loves imaginative and sweet films, I really really liked Slumberland (For reference I am a fan of Studio Ghibli, Labyrinth, Princess Bride etc) There was no real romance which is always nice and while the relationship between Nemo and her Dad was too perfect, it wasn’t super annoying. The whole movie seemed fantastical even during the non dreaming scenes so I didn’t feel like the relationship portrayals needed to be 100% spot on. My children say that I am too critical and don’t need to tear everything apart, but here are the things I didn’t love: (spoilers) — Jason Momoa was fine but I definitely felt like he was channeling Johnny Depp from Pirates of the Caribbean with a hint of Michael Keaton playing Beetlejuice. It was during some of his scenes that I remembered I was watching a movie. (I hate saying that because I love him) — We were told early on that you can’t die in your own dream but if you die in another person’s dream, you died in real life. But it seems like they might have died in a couple of the dreams… it’s a debatable point, but again it drew me out of the movie. —When the uncle becomes whole with his dream self, he seems a bit like a womanizer which I suppose was to show how he was now like his dream self, but I still found it problematic. At the end of the movie he takes a woman’s watch and says she can have it back if they go on a date. Not super cool or consensual IMO. I think kids need to see that flirting can be respectful. —One of the dreamers is a woman who is a sexy ballroom dancer but in real life she is a nun. I get that they were illustrating that you do in your dreams what you wish you could do in real life, but the dreamer was an example of the oft used trope of the binary of holy woman/sexy woman which is a false dichotomy regarding womanhood. We can do better and still be imaginative in our films.
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age 10+

Fun ride

This was a great ride! Paced well and wild graphics. Pretty intense story line, including loss of the main characters father and disturbing dreams, but compared to other offerings in the movie culture pretty mild in comparison. Themes were present that would entertain adults as well as kids. Kids listed in review are actually grandkids ages 7, 13 and 15.
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