The Prince of Egypt

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Animated feature tells story of Moses; some violence.

PG 1998 99 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 59 reviews

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age 13+

the prince of egypt is not for little kids

i think the prince of Egypt is a amazing movie but its not for little kids because its very vilonte and intense the Egyptians whip slaves with whips the main character has a nightmare and in his nightmare theirs a Egyptian who takes a mother and her baby off-screen and kills them theirs a picture shown of the Egyptians throwing babies into a river filled with alligators a Egyptian almost whips a old man to death but the main character saves him by pushing the Egyptian off the structure to his death God tells moses to put his staff down and he turns the river into blood the city gets burned down a fog comes down from the sky and kills lots of kids and they even show a kid die on-screen and the water comes down and drowns all of the Egyptians except the main characters brother theirs also a very Adult sexual innuendo where the main character orders a man to go to the bed chambers with a girl with that being said i think the prince of Egypt is for teens and adults and i dont reccomend it for anyone under the age of 13

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age 7+

We watched this everyday during toothbrushing to make it more tolerable--and I picked up a lot! Not as religously/culturally sensitive as you'd think.

(Written by Wife of User) Once your child knows the purpose of the story and can show tolerance for the types of things in the movie (whipping, peril, someone stubbing their foot on a sharp rock) they are ready to watch this. With that being I'm not sure you would want to watch this as much as we did. Overtime you start to pickup on things which make it not as good as I thought it was (I recommend Joseph King of Dreams instead which was the prequel). I know the prophet's wife had her own opinions and was smart and yay, that's good, but why was she portrayed as revengeful? The prophet took out a page from his adoptive mother (but where's his real mother who raised him as a nurse? They cut out her influence) and let her escape and she still didn't forgive him even though she was aware of his kindness (she let him fall down the well which could have really hurt him). She's also still in her slave clothes throughout the movie which exposes a lot of her leg and side--apparently she didn't find that indignant. They do mention though that she's having trouble attracting men and thankfully she never slaps him like so many other movies where the male writers/directors are like oh, how do we make them strong, I know we'll make them mean and sassy, women like that or something (I don't)--however she's very close to that kind of female lead. I do like how they were trying to capture middle east/african ethnicity--however they don't do a really great job of it--everyone looks the same even though Egypt was diverse, although you do see that in the paintings behind them. It's also not how the Jewish actually look (don't believe me, go look at online images of ones in the middle east) and I know people who don't believe Israelis are real when they see them because of this movie. If they were going to be accurate they would have had a lot of redheads (they used to have as many redheads among that community as the Irish before it led to them being easy targets during the diaspora; redheads occur in all cultures, it's not a white thing)--I didn't see a single one. Not being culturally sensitive like this can have consequences, I remember seeing a news story about a man waving a gun at people and threating to shoot unless they confessed that Jesus looked a certain way. Then there's the intentional or not Easter eggs. In one scene the prophet's future wife is dancing around him and if you slow it down you can tell she groped him by his face. Then there's the weird shape of the water in the end--kind of suggestive, hopefully I'm overthinking it. I love seeing the suggestion that they had converts in the area when they started their journey back to the promised land, I really do. But there's something here that qualifies as religiously insensitive--it occurs during the final song and wrap up scenes. I don't know what to make of one situation that I really don't have a problem seeing in other movies because that's life, but doesn't work here. The little girl with the two moms works in other movies, but since this is a culture that had very strict rules, it doesn't fit with the background and needs explaining. I originally thought it was a widow whose mother had stepped in because of the year it was made (and that's probably why no one else mentioned it), but watching it again and again it's not and they show that situation multiple times. They made sure the women are the same age and clearly show that the little girl definitely doesn't descend from them. Once again works in other movies and I wouldn't mention it otherwise unless there's something obsene. But I feel it's hard to swallow in a Bible story because faiths are struggling all the time to be taken seriously and have real accusations they have to deal with and if you just rewrite what was acceptable in their history then you put faiths at risk at not being seen as accredited by their country and at risk of persecution. The western world that this is marketed to has to deal with churches/synagogues/mosques being seen as not a real religion for practicing what they've always practiced--which could lead to loss of tax status or worse. In these contexts (sorry for being wordy, I just don't want there to be any guideline misunderstandings) a rewrite being pushed through media causes more hurt then help to struggling faiths as the culture changes.

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