Parents' Guide to

The Amazing Maurice

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun Pratchett adaptation has mature themes, scary scenes.

Movie PG 2023 93 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 7+

Hard to follow

This movie was strange and disjointed and had some weird religious and cult themes. Overall it was just not good or entertaining.
age 8+

As a Terry Pratchet fan, I really enjoyed this, as did my 10yo. Unfortunately the ads made it seem more light-hearted than it is and my 7yo was quite scared of The Rat King; he's large, threatening, has glowing eyes, and harms those who don't bend to his will. My daughter cried herself to sleep, poor love. I think if she was a year older, she would have been fine. While I regret taking her and distressing her, it remains a good and quirky film.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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While page-to-screen adaptations of Terry Pratchett's work have been mixed at best, this fun-packed animation captures the magic that appeals on multiple levels to kids and adults alike. The Amazing Maurice offers a touch of social commentary along with warm, funny characters and rollicking adventure. The film has fun with the book's familiar element of breaking the fourth wall, incorporating the narrator into the story. It's a knowing wink for adults and older kids, and a fun way for younger viewers to learn about techniques like framing devices and foreshadowing, making everyone feel in on the joke.

The list of A-List talent behind the animated characters is noteworthy, with Laurie ideally cast as the sarcastic, streetwise Maurice, Clarke as plucky young heroine Malicia, and Patel as the sensitive Keith, coming into his own through the demands of adventure. Elsewhere Gemma Arterton, David Thewlis, Rob Brydon, David Tennant, and Hugh Bonneville add to an impressive talent pool that really brings the characters to life. The story is well-paced and there are plenty of hair-raising moments. But rats being thrown into a pit to be torn apart by dogs while spectators bet on the results is a little dark for younger children. That said, Pratchett never shied away from holding a mirror up to the sides of society we'd rather look away from, and that's part of the appeal and what makes him stand out in a sea of more generic fantasy fare.

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