Snowmen

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Drama has positive messages; bullying and iffy humor, too.

PG 2011 85 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 14+

This disappointing "family film" is not appropriate for kids

Sometimes early on in a film you can get the disturbing sense that you just don't "trust" the filmmakers with your children. This is one of those movies clearly marketed for kids which is wholly inappropriate for young kids. For some reason certain family films seem to have some kind of underlying malevolence, as though the filmmakers' true intent was to scare or disturb children rather than entertain them. In the opening sentences of the narration, a young boy (about age 10) announces that he will die in this movie, but says but that it's okay, and that he's okay with it. A few moments later the boys discover a frozen corpse, and it's a pop-up/scare moment intended to make the audiences jump, like a horror movie. The body is shown up close and graphically. Just before that there is a terrifying sequence in which the boys are almost crushed to death by a snow plow. There are moments where they aren't sure what it is; but they are terrified and trying to crawl out of their snow cave. It looks like one of the boys isn't going to make it, and he is screaming for help while snow falls in his face and a boulder of snow crushes him. He gets out alive at the last second (almost impossibly) but it's not played for laughs but instead for terror. Finally, the kids get to school and try to become famous for finding the corpse. When the other kids are not impressed, the lead actor then begins to graphically describe the corpse with additional, fake details like 'and then the snow fell off his face, and we could see him, and his face was blue and' - and that's when I turned it off.
age 9+

Amazing hart warming

This was an amazing movie telling kids about the power of friendship there was an iffy scene were he says he made a snow woman implying her breast and there’s a bit were you see a dead corpse but other than that amazing

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

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