Parents' Guide to

The Boy Who Could Fly

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A charming fantasy with a lot of heart.

Movie PG 1986 114 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 9+

Great movie, first five minutes may shock but the rest is wonderful.

Almost turned it off, as my wife and I were shocked at the S word and A word with 5 minutes of the movie. One more word somewhere down the line. The movie was slow, we stopped twice to have a conversation about autism and bullying. Kids laughed and enjoyed this movie. Recommend to all families. Key lesson believe in yourself.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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THE BOY WHO COULD FLY is a charming fantasy with a lot of heart and outstanding performances by three terrific kids who keep up with some of the finest adult actors in movies. Eric and Milly heal each other by responding to each other. For him, she provides the first reason he has ever had to try to make contact with another person. For her, he provides a reason to feel, and to give to another person, especially important after the loss of her father.

Eric's character reminds us, among other things, that anything is possible. "He made us believe in ourselves again...We're all special. We're all a little like Eric. Maybe we can't soar off into the clouds. But somewhere, deep inside, we can all fly." There are strong themes of faith in oneself, and bravery, and Eric's influence continues. Charlene masters the computer. Louis triumphs over the bullies. Max even scares away the Doberman.

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