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Fantastic princess adventure is fun, with great messages.
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  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn the importance of seeing beyond appearances -- all those "thugs" in the pub had sweet, generous dreams "deep down inside."

Positive messages

Sweet messages about honesty, friendship, looking past appearances, and love. Rapunzel sees past Flynn's reputation as a thief to the brave, kind-hearted man she eventually falls in love with, while Flynn realizes that Rapunzel's naive optimism is good and inspiring. She sees the best in people, including him, and that helps him act like the best man he can be. Also an empowering message for girls: It's not just the boys who save princesses; princesses can do the rescuing, too.

Positive role models

Rapunzel is perpetually optimistic, looking for the good in every situation and person. She feels guilty when she thinks she's broken Mother's rules, she gives everyone a chance, and she inspires those around her to act more righteously. She's kind, loving, and selfless. Mother, on the other hand, is the epitome of selfishness and cruelty -- but it's clear that she's in the wrong. Flynn is a thief, but he makes better choices as the story unfolds.

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish action violence includes chases, close calls, and a lot of escapes -- evading arrows, steadily rising water, fire, and a big group of the king's soldiers. Characters are hit on the head with a frying pan and kicked in the head. Characters hold knives and spears in threatening ways. Mother comes across as creepy and is mean to Rapunzel; she also tries to kill Flynn (he's pierced with a knife and appears dead). A character falls to her death but sort of vanishes before she hits the ground. Some kids may be disturbed by Mother's transformation and her eventual demise.

Sexy stuff

Rapunzel and Flynn flirt, exchange longing looks, and eventually hold hands and kiss. Mother uses her youthful appearance to lure men to do her bidding.


Infrequent rude language like "stupid" and "dumb."


Many licensed dolls, books, and toys that are constantly promoted.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters go to a restaurant where tough-looking characters are eating and drinking, and one character slurs his speech a bit and acts "drunk," but young kids probably won't pick up on that -- to them it will seem as though he just looks and acts silly.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reimagining of the classic Rapunzel tale is one Disney "princess" movie that's sure to entertain both boys and girls. Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) isn't the typical princess in need of rescuing; she does her fair share of saving Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) -- who's no Prince Charming. There's a lot of romantic chemistry between them (flirting, gazing, and eventually hand-holding, embracing, and a kiss or two), as well as a couple of creepy scenes in which the youthful-looking Mother Gothel uses her beauty to lure men to do what she wants. Expect some nearly constant cartoon violence -- one character dies, another one nearly dies after being pierced by a knife, and there are plenty of last-minute escapes from arrows, horse-mounted soldiers, fire, etc. Characters are hit on the head with a frying pan and kicked in the head; others hold knives and spears in threatening ways. The movie's messages about girl power and seeing beyond appearances are positive and inspiring; kids will learn that we all have dreams, and we should do everything we can to make them come true.

What's the story?

Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, TANGLED follows the story of Princess Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore), who -- thanks to a special flower that her mother the queen ate during a difficult pregnancy -- has magical, ever-growing hair with the power to heal and rejuvenate. But it's only used to keep her Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) -- a deceitful old crone who kidnapped Rapunzel as a baby -- looking young and beautiful. Locked away in a hidden tower, Rapunzel's deepest wish is to see the beautiful "stars" that light up the sky on her birthday every year. When a rogue thief named Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi) discovers her tower, she keeps him trapped in her hair until he promises to take her to see the soaring lanterns ... and get her back to the tower before Mother Gothel returns from a three-day errand. In exchange, Rapunzel vows to return the jeweled crown that Flynn stole. On their adventure, the two grow closer and closer -- but Mother Gothel and Flynn's rivals will do their best to keep Rapunzel from realizing the truth.

Is it any good?


It's a relief to see that Disney can still conjure up a princess movie to rival its all-time greats. In 2009 there was the lovely, hopeful Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, and now there's another fairy tale heroine who's worthy of adoration: Tangled's Rapunzel. She's guileless, strong, and beautiful -- and so breathtakingly good that you can't help but weep with her when she thinks all hope is lost. And her chemistry with Flynn is so heart-flutteringly good that you don't even need to use the kids as an excuse to watch: This is a perfect date-night pick. Their relationship is built on mutual respect and trust, something completely missing in many earlier Disney movies. And it's Flynn who nearly dies and requires Rapunzel to save him, not the other way around! What a refreshing turn on the age-old damsel-in-distress meets dashing-prince story.

As for the dramatic tension, it's best in the form of Mother Gothel -- brilliantly played by Murphy, whose signature Broadway voice (on fabulous display in the amazing number "Mother Knows Best") adds the necessary punch to Moore's sweet, airy vocals. Mother is, at least as princess film villains go, a personal favorite. In a youth-obsessed culture, who couldn't extend the tiniest bit of sympathy for an ancient, shriveled old hag who'd rather look like a young Sophia Loren-meets-Cher? Composer Alan Menken's songs -- from Murphy's show-stopper to Moore's eternally optimistic "When Will My Life Begin," the inspiring "I've Got a Dream," and the love song "I See the Light" -- are all great, as is singer-songwriter Grace Potter's theme, "Something I Want." Tangled has it all -- lovable characters, fantastic songs, and a powerful message about how your life can change if other people believe in you and your dreams.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the message that it's never too late to realize a dream -- whether it's seeing lanterns or becoming a pianist. Do you have any "someday" dreams?

  • How is Rapunzel similar to and different from other Disney princesses? Is she the typical damsel in distress?

  • Kids: What made you want to see this movie -- the story or all the ads and product tie-ins? Do you want a product because the movie characters are pictured on it?

  • Do you think Mother loved Rapunzel, or was she just using her? What about Rapunzel's feelings for Mother? Why did Rapunzel think Flynn wouldn't love her if she didn't have her magical blond hair anymore?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 24, 2010
DVD/Streaming release date:March 29, 2011
Cast:Donna Murphy, Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi
Directors:Byron Howard, Nathan Greno
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Music and sing-along
Character strengths:Courage, Curiosity, Empathy, Gratitude, Integrity, Self-control
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:brief mild violence

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Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written byAppleNell December 23, 2010

It Should Have Been Called "Twisted"

While "Tangled" is visually stunning and has strong music, it has ended up haunting and repelling this mom to the point where she quite honestly is still having nightmares about it three weeks after seeing it. I understand I am in the minority, but --just as most reviewers of "The Secret of Kells" seemed to miss the fact it had a very strong religious message-- nowhere did I read a review of "Tangled" that made mention of the horrible, scary, disturbing fact that skulks behind the charming thief, singing barbarians, and witty animals. This movie is about an adult who abducts, imprisons and exploits a child. What is worse, the adult is not the standard issue Disney villainess. She is beautiful, and has manipulated her captive into submission and obedience through a steady diet of passive aggressive undercutting interspersed with rage and occasional kindesses. Worst of all, "Mother Gothel," refreshes her use by brushing Rapunzel's hair while Rapunzel sings, a grotesque perversion of parent/child intimacy. Less disturbing, yet still really troubling, is the pervasive emphasis on death, dying, injury, and loss. These issues have been handled wonderfully by any number of children's movies ("Up" and "Princess and the Frog" are two recent examples); however, that's not the case here. The starkness of a stolen child, inconsolable parental loss, and unbridled greed that makes the villainess inhuman is just too much. All of that said, my two children enjoyed it, although the five year old hid her eyes a number of times. There are funny parts. The animation is lovely. 3D is used to good effect, particularly in a truly stunning scene where lanterns are released into the night sky (a "celebration" of the stolen princess's birthday, her parents' desperate call into the unknown). None of this was for me enough to trump the wrong at this movie's heart.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written byJenfio November 25, 2010

Every Good Kids' Movie Should Have a Stabbing Scene!

It really was a great movie -- funny, interesting, great animation, etc. -- but once again (thanks, Disney) way too violent for little kids. I usually agree with Common Sense on their age ratings, but I think they're off on this one. All Disney moves have peril and violence, but thisone has an actual murder scene, complete with stabbing. Never mind that the stabbing victim eventually survives; we're meant to believe he's been killed. And in case we're not sure, we get a an upclose look at the bloody entry point beneath the victim's cloak right afterward. The witch and two thugs are really quite scary, and the witch's horror face during her eventual demise is definitely the stuff of nightmares. I do believe that if this movie had actual people in it as opposed to (the very realistic looking) animated people, it might have been given a PG-13 rating. My advice to parents is to be aware that even though this is an animated feature and even though it's the retelling of a classic children's fairy tale, just remember it didn't manage to get a G rating. There's good reason for that.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written bymyuserid December 5, 2010
I thought the concept of the "mother" not truly loving Rapunzel even though they exchanged "I love you", "I love you more", "I love you most" was difficult to grasp for younger audiences. It makes me think children could see their mother as being dishonest when they say "I love you". I had to leave the theater with my 6 year old since she was having anxiety while watching the movie. I also thought there were lots of gratuitous images of weaponry (knives, battle axes, etc.) threatening characters. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that Flinn actually was stabbed to death at the end, but I was.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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