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Parents' Guide to

The Country Bears

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

A dumb story about a bear adopted by humans.

Movie G 2002 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

The Country bear

brilliant Amazing Wonderful Talented

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
age 9+

Some concerns

I'm surprised that it wasn't noted in the review that there is a scene with a gun, in which a character is holding it in his hand as he tells the bears which way to go. There is also a bar scene in which it shows characters sitting at the bar drinking what appears to be pints of beer (though supposedly honey). The words stupid and idiot are used several times.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Less story than product placement, The Country Bears is based on a theme park attraction, but Disney World's robot bear performers just may have a better plot than this movie. This is basically "The Blues Brothers" with fur. But then it disintegrates into a dumb "get the band back together" story, as Beary reminds his former band mates about how close they all used to be..

Some surprising guest appearances by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, and Queen Latifah (Raitt and Henley contribute singing voices) and some lively musical numbers by Disney label artists provide bright spots. But the in-between doses of silliness and syrup just dragged. The kids in the audience loved the scene with the policemen caught in the car wash, though.

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