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The Pacifier

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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A crass, crude, and overly-familiar comedy.
  • PG
  • 2005
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 31 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Some stereotypes and cliches.


Characters in peril, kick-boxing and off-screen shooting, cartoonish and action-style violence.


A lot of diaper humor.


Some crude schoolyard language.


Intrusive product placement for Costco and other brands.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Pacifier has a lot of cartoonish "action violence": no blood and no on-screen shooting but an exploding helicopter, a glimpse of a dead body, a lot of kicking and hitting. A parent is killed (off-screen). There's a lot of potty humor including many diaper jokes and a character covered with sewage. There's also some crude schoolyard language including "bite me," "boobs," "spaz," "skanky." One daughter wears a crucifix, though there is no further evidence of any religious faith. The portrayal of the bad guys has some unpleasantly racist overtones, and some of the "humorous" insults are sexist and homophobic. And there's intrusive product placement for Costco and other brands.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byluvmyboys April 9, 2008

A fun family movie

This is getting panned by critics for being a "formula" movie...well, I for one appreciate it for what it is: A nice, fun, family movie. When taking... Continue reading
Adult Written byStanleypuss July 14, 2012

The Pacifier

A good family comedy for ages 6 & up.
Teen, 16 years old Written by[email protected] April 9, 2008

it was great

the pacifier was such a good movie, i saw it with my friends meghan, joey, and nicky. It was very funny, interesting. I laughed. I also loved the peter pan danc... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 18, 2012

What's the story?

THE PACIFIER stars Vin Diesel as Shane Wolf, an all-business Navy Seal who's all about securing perimeters and drop-and-give-me-twenty. Shane is sent to rescue a computer whiz who has been kidnapped by the Serbs because they want who has created his super-secret "ghost" program. The whiz is killed by the bad guys (off screen), and after Shane recovers from being shot, he is sent to the suburbs to protect the whiz's five kids while his widow attempts to retrieve the program from a safe deposit box in a Swiss bank. The kids are undisciplined and acting out following the loss of their father, but they know how to love. Result of this meeting of opposites: development of mutual admiration through comic and heart-warming incidents and some cartoon-y stunts.

Is it any good?

The Pacifier might manage to qualify as mindlessly enjoyable pap if it was not so insincere, littered with gross-out jokes, and, with a tin ear for its target audience. Once he gets to know the kids he helps each one in predictable ways. Meanwhile, the bad guys are trying to get the Ghost program so everyone has to learn to work together and rely on one another, yadda yadda. This is all shown through crude humor, uncomfortably stereotyped bad guys, and a plot twist involving a swastika that few in the target age group will understand or relate to.

This crass, crude, and overly familiar formula comedy has material that is inappropriate for younger kids and jokes that are too immature for the older ones.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how different people respond differently to loss and pain. What examples did we see in this story?

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