Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventure

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Old West myth mash-up with some gun-toting lawlessness.

PG 1995 97 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 9+

Old West Action and Adventure

Tall Tale was a good movie. It's set in the old west and the action and dialect reflect this. Definitely a good guy vs bad guy theme with shoot outs, near misses and ruthless land grabbers and their henchmen, also includes saloon scenes. The tall tale characters are portrayed as real people on which the legends were based. The "s" word is NOT in it as the previous review stated. Instead a character says "hot spit" and the captions confirm this. Other mild language includes damn, hell and ass. I watched it with my kids, ages 7, 9 and 11. The action was a little intense for my 7 yo at times but my 11yo loved it. Good messages about persevering and placing value on the right things in life.

This title has:

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Great role models
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+


I was so disappointed with this movie that I threw it away. The kids yawned through it. Paul Bunyan is not portrayed as big. He is normal size. There is the s word and H word. Violence was disturbing to many of my students. The movie portrays the bad man shooting the father at the beginning but doesn't show well enough that the father is not killed. Many kids thought he was shot in the eye and died. I don't know why Pecos Bill had to shoot off trigger fingers. I thought this could've been replaced by something more creative (like his tall tale stories). I just couldn't have been more disappointed and I would hope you take my advice and do not buy this, or show it to your kids. For a Disney movie, this didn't make the cut.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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