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Parents' Guide to

The Lorax

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Dr. Seuss classic is cute, but watch for product tie-ins.

Movie PG 2012 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 83 parent reviews

age 3+

Don't do it

Don't waste you time going to see this boring antiAmerican PC snore fest. I would rather watch grass grow that having to watch this again. If you must see it, wait for the DVD, that way you can stop watching it half way through and not have to worry about wasting your money
age 6+


they had no right to make The Once-ler that good looking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (83 ):
Kids say (135 ):

To those who consider the book as Dr. Seuss' magnum opus, this adaptation of The Lorax will be at least somewhat a relief (unlike the miserable The Cat in the Hat). It's light and sweet and frames the original story in an easy-to-understand plot about a boy who wants to impress his tree-obsessed crush. The star-studded voice cast does a fine job (the main characters are even named after Dr. Seuss -- Theodore Geisel -- and his widow, Audrey), and the songs are all upbeat, if not Randy Newman-memorable. If it weren't an adaptation, The Lorax would make for a fun, message-filled movie with a charming set of characters.

The problem is that passionate lovers of The Lorax will expect more; they'll hope for a movie as timeless and important as Seuss' subversive commentary on the perils of conspicuous consumption and forsaking the environment to benefit the almighty dollar. But the studio has already marred that idea with its constant parading of various Lorax-approved products. Having the Lorax shill for an SUV or themed breakfasts is counter to the spirit of the story -- which, at least in the movie, promotes a return to nature. Kids will surely delight in The Lorax, but teens and parents savvy enough to recognize the irony of big-studio consumerism may wonder whether Dr. Seuss would have approved at all. (If you're looking for another take on the tale, try the excellent 1970s adaptation -- it's shorter, but it doesn't have the pesky tie-ins to worry about.)

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