Parents' Guide to

The BFG (1989)

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

A giant tale of imagination with a dark side.

Movie NR 1989 88 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Roaldahl? Story really life queen elizebeth

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age 12+

Amazing but not for younger kids

This is a good film I watched when I was about 5 and I was terrified of the giants and bfg when he grabbed the girl even now when I’m 12 I still find it scary it’s a good film so if your kids can handle some frightening scenes this movie is good for them

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (4):

Based on the book by Roald Dahl, THE BFG has a warm heart, fanciful language and a strong child hero. Dahl is known for his dark themes and fun with words, and both are present in this direct-to-DVD release. The BFG is a surreal adventure designed to release your child's imagination and encourage dreaming, both awake and asleep.

Drawbacks: the story is slow to start and the animation is likely to bore children brought up with Toy Story and Finding Nemo. While some songs are likely to have children spinning around the living room, others are sappy and forgettable, making this production uneven. And the human-eating giants are aboriginal -- with face paint, body piercings, and dark skin. Since all the other characters are white and British, the choice of making the villains dark skinned is conspicuous at best.

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