Parents' Guide to

The Peanuts Movie

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Gentle family-friendly comedy has sweet messages.

Movie G 2015 93 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 62 parent reviews

age 5+

Concerning messages

Overall the plot was pretty blah but what was particularly concerning to us was the bullying (can we not just cut that out), spending the whole movie striving to be liked, making fun of the "dirty" kid, name calling, and unwanted physical touch. My husband pointed out that Snoopy keeps kissing characters, even when they're mad. How is that teaching our kids to seek consent and respect others body boundaries?
age 12+

Charlie Brown (8 yrs old) spends the whole movie trying to romance a nameless girl

I was excited for my 5 yr old daughter to watch this as it had mostly positive reviews. However, what is the goal of having a movie for young kids all about who you have a crush on and how to get them to notice you? I find it sexualizes children, to the children watching and the girl Charlie is lusting after doesn't even get a name or any bit of character other than being good looking. I think we knew better than this in 2015.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (62 ):
Kids say (71 ):

Sweet, gentle, and nostalgic in tone (there's nary a smartphone to be seen!), this movie does right by the classic comic strips and TV specials so beloved by fans. While it has a slightly softer edge than the older stuff (fewer disgusted uses of "stupid" and "blockhead," for example, and more optimism on the part of Charlie Brown), all of the touchstones are there: Vince Guaraldi's jazzy music, Snoopy's vivid fantasy life, Lucy's psychiatric advice booth, the classic Peanuts dance moves, Pigpen's dust cloud, Linus' earnest advice -- heck, there's even a zamboni.

A particularly nice touch is the way the characters' eyes are animated; they look and feel hand drawn, which makes them both expressive and reminiscent of the comic strips. That style also comes into play when the characters remember things (their memory bubbles look like the comics) and when Snoopy slurps Lucy's face with a big SMAK! The Peanuts Movie is true to its roots in other ways, too: Its humor is more thoughtful than laugh-out-loud, and there are lines that little kids were never meant to understand ("I just came down with a serious case of inadequacy" and "I'm cashing in on your celebrity," for instance). But while they may not always know why their parents are chuckling, kids will definitely get the movie's core messages about believing in yourself and trying hard.

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