Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Fun, feel-good animated musical offers positive messages.

PG 2018 96 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 58 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 36 reviews

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age 2+

How Did The Official Common Sense Review Completely Miss The Mark?

Listen, I love most Disney films. I'm no super-conservative "worldly movie hater." I love silly cartoons. I was excited to watch a new movie with my 3 year old son, so I bought this on iTunes. The beginning of the movie establishes that there is a tribe of Yetis with one mantra -- you must follow a group of rules written on stones...or else be banished. (obvious parallel to the 10 Commandments) They then detail the rules on the stones...and every rule is completely silly and over-the-top. (They are clearly commenting on religion in general) The leader of the Yetis tries to discredit anyone who questions the rules and banishes if they don't agree to stop the questioning. How did Common Sense overlook this? As a side note, the songs are pretty terrible. But here's the main problem...the overall message of this movie isn't even hidden or gently implied in the slightest. They come right out at the beginning and let you know; Religion is bad, stupid, ridiculous...and it hampers a productive society. Everyone should break free from the constraints of religion in the name of progress and truth. Oof. How did you miss this Common Sense Media? It was truly...umm....common sense.
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age 4+

Very positive religious message from a Christian perspective

This movie has a strong positive and thought-provoking message, which is in harmony with a Christian religious perspective from a number of angles: - the main character challenges and breaks through religious authoritarianism. The religious powers and laws are put in place to protect ordinary people from persecution by outsiders. This seems to be a parallel to Jesus’ relationship with the Pharisees. - the main human character sacrifices himself, taking the place of one of the yetis and suffering to save him. - this act of self-sacrifice enables the walls to be broken down between people who had previously been enemies with one another - it brings peace. Other reviewers seem to have found in this movie an anti-religious message. While the message of the movie is pro-change and pro-disruption, it could not be said to be anti-Christian. In fact this would be a very good movie to show to teenagers to introduce them to the message or story of Jesus Christ. Also the songs are only so-so. It’s no Trolls on that front.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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