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Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventure

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

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

Movie PG 1995 97 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

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.
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 I thought this could've been replaced by something more creative (like his tall tale stories).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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

Nobody would confuse TALL TALE with the classic The Wizard of Oz -- which its storyline parallels at times -- but that these two can be mentioned together is some praise. Tall Tale actually feels like a throwback to the innocent, robust G-rated fun of earlier live-action Disney family-adventures such as Swiss Family Robinson or Treasure Island (1950), and it's got the splendid production values to match (filming locations in Monument Valley, Arizona). But there's also a post-Walt sly undertone, not unlike "adult" Westerns (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) about the "death of the west."

Daniel is disappointed by Pecos and Bunyan. Amidst newfangled telegraph lines and automobiles, these titans of the 1800s are kind of misfits, not the super-cowboy and ultra-lumberjack the boy envisioned. Daniel is also more vulnerable and flawed than a lot of celluloid kids. Viewers don't know how much of the story is "real" and how much happens in his head, as he calls on childhood idols for a psychological boost.

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