The Boy Who Could Fly

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

A charming fantasy with a lot of heart.

PG 1986 114 minutes

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age 10+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 8+

Inspiring Movie to Watch & Discuss

This is a very moving and intelligent story about the powers of a young boy with autism. A key message is to follow your dreams, be patient and kind, and stand up for what you believe in. There is a scene in the movie in which two 14 YO girls sneak alcohol. This scene lasts 5 minutes or so and is followed by a scene in which one girl attends school with a hangover. Additionally, there is a scene in which a 14 YO girl hears about a suicide. That scene is also very brief. The rest of the movie is fine, but I found it necessary to talk about the dangers of alcohol with my children during the movie. Also, my 8 year old wanted to know what “suicide” means. Aside from that, it was an inspirational movie with no real violence/cursing/sex and a great message. My kids 8 and 12 loved it! If you are comfortable having these two conversations with your kids, then go for it. The positives outweigh the drawbacks in my book and the tough conversations do need to happen at some point. I think a child younger than 8 or 9 may struggle to find this entertaining, but we will be discussing this movie more in the future and embracing all the positives.

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age 13+

Avoid this movie

This was really disappointing and I am very surprised with the Common Sense Media rating. I would stay away from this movie entirely, as the positive aspects do not outweigh the negative aspects (which include glorifying sneaking alcohol when parents are out, with no negative repercussions). In fact I was horrified by this movie and struggled with when to cut it off that wouldn't leave the children (ages 8.5 and 11) either more scared or more intrigued. By consensus, we stopped before the end.

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