The Pirates! Band of Misfits

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

age 6+

Pirate adventure blends Victorian history, high-seas fun.

PG 2012 87 minutes

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age 7+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 31 reviews

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age 8+

Cool stop motion. Biased humor

The kids enjoyed the stop motion. It is beautiful. The only spots they laughed aloud were the same three moments as in the trailer. What upset me was the role of female characters in the movie: 1) dresses as a boy to be a pirate. Never addressed except naively by the Pirate Captain on how often that happens on other ships. 2) the mean queen who hates pirates and eats endangered animals 3) the Jessica Rabbit style female pirate who is sexualized in the scenes she’s in. Yes she’s a bad ass pirate and she’s also focused on for primarily other reasons. Also, one of Charles Darwin (Darwin!) many story lines is his obsessive love of the queen. The kids didn’t make any comments on any of this and neither did I and three days later that’s bugging me. Too many alternative movies without these biases being wrapped up as humor. Wish I’d skipped.

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