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Parents' Guide to

The Kid

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Very funny and genuinely insightful family movie.

Movie PG 2000 104 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

Body & food shaming

It’s disappointing the original review makes no mention of the onslaught of fat shaming & diet references about 2/3rds of the way through the movie. A pretty significant oversight that would have deterred me from showing this movie to my young daughters. I think we’ve learned a lot about toxic dieting culture since this movie was made. I’ve chosen age 8+ only because I had to pick one in order to post.
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age 8+

Great cast, Breslin especially.

I've been a Bruce Willis fan since the '80s, but he doesn't make this movie magical on his own: Spencer Breslin is fantastic as little Rusty, Emily Mortimer is effective as Amy, the optimistic foil to Willis' cynical Russ (and it looks like she and Breslin have a genuine affection for one another), and Lily Tomlin delivers the best sarcastic replies as Russ' assistant. There is also a charming brief but pivotal second scene with Jean Smart. One thing to note: due to Russ' shame over his childhood self, he levels criticism at little Rusty (words like loser and chubby) that would otherwise be cruel were we not supposed to know that he's talking to himself. Every time I watch this movie (and I watch it often - it's on cable constantly!), I wonder how much had to be done to prepare Breslin for the name-calling scenes.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Bruce Willis has great talent as an actor and enough charm to keep him on the A-list despite a few clunkers, but he is simply the best there is when he plays opposite a child actor. There's a reason for the legendary advice to stay away from kids and animals on stage, because they draw all the attention away from even the most accomplished adult performer. Some actors who appear with kids can't resist showing off or trying to out-adorable them. But Willis treats his kid costars as though they are the only two people in the world. He is not afraid to let the child actors get the attention. The result is two terrific performances at the heart of a surprisingly funny and endearing movie, which also is very funny and genuinely insightful.

THE KID is a Disney movie, and it has an old-fashioned Disney ending. Only the hardest hearts will refuse to be warmed.

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