The Kid

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Very funny and genuinely insightful family movie.

PG 2000 104 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

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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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