Stitch! The Movie

  • Review Date: August 19, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 64 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Girl teams with lively alien in uninspired sequel.
  • Review Date: August 19, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 64 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Evil aliens, cruel children.

Violence & scariness

Good and evil characters battle it out in laser-like format, Stitch is nearly cut in half.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this movie isn't particularly scary or violent for young children, there are some scenes that may disturb the youngest set, particularly toward the end, when evil characters nearly cut Stich in two and threaten to teleport Hawaiian earth girl Lilo to another realm. There is also a scene when Lilo learns that a group of girls have excluded her from a camp-out, calling her a "liar" and Lilo and Stitch "total freaks." On the other hand, the film emphasizes the "one of a kind" traits that make each character unique and Lilo waxes eloquently about her "family," even when its members may come from another planet!

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What's the story?

In this installment of the series, Lilo, a Hawaiian earth girl who has been snubbed by her peers, and Stitch, an energetic alien who also has his share of mishaps with the island natives, team up to save Dr. Jumba and Stitch's 625 other "cousins" -- science experiments brought to earth by Jumba -- from the evil Dr. Gantu. Their mission is eventually to find homes for them all (a launching pad for the TV series Lilo & Stitch).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While the film's promotional line reads "Stitch was Experiment 626...Meet the Other 625," it really on focuses on only two of his "cousins," -- a troublemaker who causes power surges on the island -- and a character more focused on sandwich-making than anything else. The plot can be difficult to follow if one hasn't seen the original Lilo & Stitch, and much of it may be incomprehensible to young children.

While this film purports to be about science experiments, it does little to indulge the curiosity of young minds. Instead, STITCH! THE MOVIE merely presents a slightly different spin on the age-old battle between good and bad characters. Some children, more likely grade-schoolers who enjoy watching cartoon characters battle it out, will enjoy this film, but few adults will find it engaging. With the film running just under an hour without the credits, parents will fortunately find that the time passes quickly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether people who are not related to each other can still be close, and show loyalty toward one another. How would they handle being teased by children who would only want to associate with people who looked or acted like them?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 18, 2003
DVD release date:August 18, 2003
Cast:Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames
Directors:Roberts Gannaway, Tony Craig
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Space and aliens
Run time:64 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMarco5B May 17, 2014
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Excellent

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byG3 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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This movie is all one big advertisment for the TV show!

Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008
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OK movie, not as good as the first

Sexual Content (Not an Issue): None. Violence (Not an Issue): Some cartoony action. Language (Not an Issue): None. Social Behavior (Pause): Myrtle and her friends are cruel, nasty little girls and are repeatedly rude to Lilo. Commercialism (Not an Issue): None. Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco (Not an Issue): None.

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