A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie intends to entertain rather than educate.
Kids see Rapunzel wrestle with matching her life goals with the expectations of everyone around her now that she's a royal. Often what she wants contradicts what others want for her, and she must find a way to fulfill her duties without losing a grip on what's really important to her. In so doing, she rebels against her father's rules, which has serious consequences. For his part, her father's attempt to keep her safe has its own negative effects on Rapunzel. Villains are easy to identify.
Positive Role Models
Rapunzel's best quality is her dedication to being true to herself while still respecting her duties to others. She shoulders her royal responsibilities but puts her own unique spin on them, and she chooses her friends (and her life partner) for positive traits such as loyalty and honesty. Her parents put a premium on her safety, but in her father's case, he lets his desire for it overshadow his respect for her feelings. Lady Caine is motivated by revenge and will stop at nothing to get it.
Violence & Scariness
A foreboding scene shows Rapunzel and Cassandra in dire straits as a bridge crumbles with them on it, nearly hurling them to the depths below. Many weapons are visible, though they're not used on people. Tense flashbacks reiterate the time of Rapunzel's kidnapping. A new villain seeks revenge on Rapunzel's father.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Eugene and Rapunzel kiss, and he tells her that he loves her.
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Products & Purchases
This movie follows the feature film Tangled, an animated series of the same name and a significant merchandise line. It also features two original songs available for download.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tangled: Before Ever After is a movie follow-up to the movie Tangled set months after Rapunzel's reunion with her parents. There's much continuity between the two stories, but for newcomers, this one opens with a quick synopsis of Rapunzel's life up until that point and her relationship with Eugene. This tale follows her struggle to meet her parents' expectations while staying true to herself, and there are some scenes that show her rebelling against what others want for her, which yields consequences she's not entirely prepared to handle. A new villain bent on revenge is introduced and poses a brief threat to the people of Corona. There are some perilous moments and brief concern for a character's fate, as well as a few kisses shared between Rapunzel and Eugene. In addition to following the feature-length film, this movie leads into a Disney series that continues Rapunzel's story. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As movie sequels go, this very enjoyable tale will rate high with fans who loved spunky Rapunzel's original misadventures with the dashing Eugene (nee Flynn Rider). She's lost nary an ounce of her chutzpah, routinely bending tradition by racing men on horseback and shunning shoes at every opportunity. Being different is what defines her, not in an effort to separate herself from the pack but in a statement that she's determined to be true to herself despite what outside influences would have her change. As such, she's a continually refreshing heroine for kids in the audience.
But Rapunzel being Rapunzel raises conflict with her family and with Eugene, reminding viewers that the choices we make always have consequences for other people as well. While it doesn't change her mind about her view of the future, it does give her pause to consider carefully her priorities and what it really means to be happy. Kids and parents will be happy with this delightful story, but be forewarned that Tangled: Before Ever After doesn't come to an entirely satisfactory end since it's meant to introduce a succeeding animated series.
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