The Princess Bride

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Common Sense says

age 8+

Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.

PG 1987 98 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 108 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 192 reviews

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age 8+

Fun Family Satire - but some cautions

Trigger warning: this movie includes a brief but quickly diverted attempted suicide, which is referenced three times. This is a classic movie I looked forward to sharing with my kids once they were old enough to understand what concepts this movie mocks (especially medieval Europe), and that all of it is intentionally over-the-top (rodents of unusual size, for instance). For my kids, that mean age 8-10. It provides some excellent conversation starters, from gender roles to vengeance and grudges, smarts vs wisdom, the value of diversity, substance abuse, abuse of power, and corruption. For the most part, this is presented in a light hearted way and provides a great segway to talk about these things. However, I didn't remember that there is an attempted suicide. A character deems that suicide is their only way out of a tough situation. This isn't addressed in a way that psychologists today recommend: normalizing the feelings but addressing the concerns and helping the individual have hope for the future. Instead, the support person in the movie fixes the situation the character feels doomed by. So I don't think they handled it well. If this is a challenge your family faces, it could be a trigger and counter-productive to the conversation you are having, or alternatively it could be a conversation starter. I just thought caregivers should be aware of this content, as it's not noted in the summary.
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age 12+

Way overrated. Don't waste your time.

This movie is so overrated. The plot is just random events thrown together. It's supposed to be funny but it is not. Several of the actors speak in a mumble so it's impossible to understand them. The part with Billy Crystal is has a cult following but it wasn't that funny. I really did not care for this movie at all. I didn't car about any of the characters.

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