Parents' Guide to

The Bears and I

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Live-action Disney drama has violence and outdated terms.

Movie G 1974 89 minutes
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The gorgeous mountain setting is the star of the show in this movie, with its natural beauty lovingly captured in Technicolor. The Bears and I lays out its tone with the opening credits, showing a rambler winding through the mountains to the sound of John Denver. Its star, Patrick Wayne (son of John Wayne) gives lead character Bob Leslie the warmth needed to be a man who'll adopt wild bear cubs, mediate violent disputes between Native Americans and the U.S. government, but also readily use his fists when he crosses paths with his adversary, Sam Eagle Speaker (Valentin de Vargas).

The movie's best when showing the natural world, with its brilliant vistas and the innately cute cubs. That said, the movie does depict bears in leashes and animals in close proximity to fire -- a reminder of when the welfare of animals on set was not a primary concern. There's also outdated terms such as referring to Native Americans as "Indians." Still, thanks to a satisfying conclusion, The Bears and I navigates its way to being an enjoyable, steady drama.

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