The Benchwarmers

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Dreadful sports comedy is a waste of time.

PG-13 2006 80 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 73 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 5+

A funny family movie with a positive anti-bullying message.

Lots of laughs all round. This movie can also help as a great convo starter with the kids about the negative effects of bullying and why it's important to treat people with respect and dignity.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Positive messages and role models ARE present in this movie

This is a great movie for older kids or kids who are mature enough to wade through some silliness and get the overall message. The fact that Common Sense Media says there are no positive role models and no positive messages is baffling and—I think—reveals some bias in reviewing movies. Yes, this move is silly. Yes, this movie is a bit cliche. No, this movie will not win any Oscars. BUT, there are some redeeming qualities in the sense of messaging and positive characters. The main character, Gus, is a former bully who has learned from his past behavior and spends time with “outcasts.” He wants them to feel included, empowered, and capable. As a result, the outcasts find their own presuppositions about themselves are actually wrong, and they discover they are capable of greatness, too. To that end, I would say this movie *does* have a positive message and at least one positive role model. If your kiddo can get past some mildly crude humor (farting in faces, etc.), then this is absolutely worthy of family movie night.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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