The Little Engine That Could

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 4+

Young train fans will enjoy this message-filled ride.

G 2011 82 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 5+

Must watch for littles

There is a scene with a bully being mean to the main character, but there is meaning and a lesson at the end. There is also a scary moment in the movie where the nightmare train traps some of the main characters friends and it alarmed my 3 year old. However there is so many good messages about friendship, facing your fears, perseverence, and the power of kindness that i feel this is a must watch. May want to wait till they are 5 though.

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age 15+

It's the bomb

This is great film is made fot the little boys but my 17 year old son loves it! Him and his friends watch all the time, they have memorized all the songs too. On his first date black in 8th grade he took his girlfriend to see it, she was a keeper. He even wants to name his kids from the movie. Sometimes I think it's a little too mature for him but I let it slip, I mean he's growing up, and I think he should be able to watch adult movies. My husband and I love this film and finally let our eldest son watch for the first time back in 8thgrade with his gf!

This title has:

Great messages
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