The Journey of Natty Gann

Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Compelling adventure too violent for some kids.

PG 1985 101 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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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.
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age 13+

Natty Gann great adventure film but not for young kids. (13+)

This is a classic film from my childhood and I would have seen it both in the theatre and on VHS Video. I remember it very fondly and actually sought it out as an adult to rewatch. Having said that: THIS IS NOT A FILM FOR YOUNG KIDS. I must have seen it when I was around 15 so that is perfect for this film. There are some very disturbing scenes throughout the film. In particular the DOG FIGHT scene - even as an adult I am pretty sure those dogs were really fighting to a degree. There is no way they could get away with that kind of dog fighting today. There is also a scene where an older man tries to molest Natty - it is over quickly and serves as an opportunity for the dog (wolf) to save the day. There is also a (faked) kiss between the heroine Natty and her older buddy. It is contextually ok. But if you have kids it may raise questions. Having said that - I saw Natty Gann when I was 15 and I did not have a problem with the very mild kiss they shared. She also seemed older to me back then, and from a kids perspective she did not SEEM so young. Now she looks younger than her real age of 15. There are scenes that really are not suitable for kids under 13/14. I am going to say this is really best for children 13+. There are lots of things to like with this movie. She is an example of a strong female role model and she represents 'the child prevailing in an adult world - overcoming fears and dangers of the 'big bad world' to succeed on her own merits. Something most kids can empathise with. But keep viewing for the older kids (and parents!). 13+
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