Parents' Guide to

The Journey of Natty Gann

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Compelling adventure too violent for some kids.

Movie PG 1985 101 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 15+

Appalling Child & Animal Violence & Abuse

I never saw this movie as a child and I can understand why, having watched it today, why my parents didn't want me to see it. What an appalling display of child and animal violence and abuse, was it really necessary to be so graphic Mr Disney?? This film is NOT for children. It is vicious and blood thirsty, with obvious underage sexual themes, smoking & drugs. Please do not let your children watch this movie.
age 10+

Be prepared to talk to your kids about dogfights, sexual predators, stealing...

My kids didn't like this movie and dubbed it "Not Agann"... they are 7 and 9 and a lot of it was pretty dreary. I enjoyed it for the most part, because of the glimpse into life during the Great Depression, and because the wolf was so loyal and cute. But I was on the edge of my seat for most of it because I am old enough to understand what would probably happen to a female traveling solo. Thankfully the worst scene was pretty fast and the wolf saved the day, but you should be prepared for a "friendly" driver trying to sexually assault the lead character (he pulled Natty's head towards his lap and told her, "you're going to like this"). I think this sort of act is worse than "run of the mill violence" and should be called out by Common Sense Media.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (1 ):

In an odd way, THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN has more in common with Lassie Come Home and Homeward Bound than teenage coming-of-age movies. It's not about an inner journey, really. It's about a cross-country adventure and the strength and fun that Natty finds along the way.

There are definitely some tense, scary moments on her journey. Natty's saving grace is that she finds parent figures along the way, from a wolf who offers her his kill to Harry (John Cusack) who teaches her how to ride the rails and offers her his meager can of beans when she's hungry. Because of Harry's fatherly kindness to Natty, it's a little off-putting when a romance blooms between the two.

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