A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids can see a family that has opted to dedicate their lives to restoring a farm and helping replenish the natural environment of that area. Lessons about clean food, sustainable growth, the animal kingdom, the interdependency of species. Kids in the film play on the farm (with no screens in sight).
The Chester farm regenerated in eight years, demonstrating the resilience of the natural world. Chester calls nature "alive with infinite possibilities."
Positive Role Models
We don't learn a lot about the Chester family, but we see them in dedicated action as they care for animals, the earth, and each other. It's not always an easy job, like when animals die or need medical attention or have to be left with their species again after being cared for at home. The family express optimism about how much their land has evolved and replenished itself in such a short time.
The Chester family lifestyle isn't typical. They run a sustainable farm.
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Violence & Scariness
Animals, including babies, are wounded, attacked, and/or killed. Footage of pecking chickens, scary snakes, predators on the prowl, dead piglets, wounded animals being sewn up. Some destructive wildfires, thunder, and wind storms.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of breeding a pig, who has as many as 17 piglets in one litter and spends a lot of time nursing.
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Products & Purchases
The Chesters give public tours of their Apricot Lane Farms.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Biggest Little Farm: The Return is a half-hour follow-up to the sweet 2019 film about a family who created and now run a sustainable farm in Southern California. It offers positive messages about caring for the land and allowing ecosystems and wildlife to flourish in natural ways. There are also potentially upsetting scenes of animals -- including baby animals -- getting wounded, attacked, and/or killed. Piglets are accidentally smothered by their mother (one gets buried by a farmer, and another has a wound sewn up in a makeshift operating room), and there are pecking chickens, scary snakes, prowling predators like coyotes, and some destructive wildfires, thunder, and wind storms. References are made to breeding a pig, who has as many as 17 piglets in one litter and spends a lot of time nursing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Timed for release with Earth Day, this mini-documentary offers a feel-good follow-up to the 2019 feature-length documentary. The Biggest Little Farm: The Return feels like a celebration of the natural harmony and splendor achieved on the farm as well as of the family of director Chester, his wife, and their kids, all captured in golden light. Events from past years, like wildfires and storms, are spliced together and give only a taste of what life on the farm is like. The tight 29-minute running time just doesn't give a lot of room to develop the story, and a lot of time is spent on Emma the pig, a return character from the original film. Viewers who have seen the first film might appreciate this one more, but the sequel could also inspire audiences to seek out the original.
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