Parent reviews for The Princess Bride

Common Sense says

Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 103 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 149 reviews
Parent of a 1 and 2-year-old Written byBug M. April 7, 2017

Classic doesn't hold up to current gender standards

You should know there are some problematic areas about this movie-- it doesn't hold up to 2017s social justice and gender equity standards. It miserably fails Bechdel Test., and after Buttercup finds Westley again, she's nearly useless for the rest of the movie. When Westley is attacked by ROUSes... she just stands there and watches. As another user mentioned, Westley threatens to hit Buttercup when he doesn't believe her to be telling the truth (spoiler, she is).
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I just watched The Princess Bride with a 10 yo girl. It's been one of my fave movies ever since my high school boyfriend showed it to me six months after telling me 'as you wish' for some other question, so you can imagine I am full of love and nostalgia for this movie and I'm sad that I had to make excuses for the movie. I would still show it again but I would be better prepared.

To Twu Wuv!

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Adult Written byshelznh February 25, 2011

Classic movie but not as clean as CSM claims

I love this movie and always have. However I am not sure how Common Sense Media can say that language is not an issue. There are two expletives son of a b---- and, even worse is when the boy utters Jesus' name in a profane way. The torture scene is a little extreme in my opinion. Also there is a tad more than "just kissing" as far as sexy stuff goes including when Wesley refers to Buttercup's "perfect breasts". It is still a classic movie but I must say that I prefer the movie reviews at Plugged In Online as they seem to be much more acurate.

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Adult Written byArbor Mom November 15, 2013

Troubling reference to abuse; warrants discussion with your family!

We like this movie EXCEPT for a troubling line in the middle. The hero, disguised as a pirate in a mask, argues with the heroine about why she gave up on her true love. After her wistful reply, he angrily raises his hand to strike her. She cowers, and he harshly quips, "where I come from there are penalties when a woman lies!"

A friend told us he was watching this movie on a bus ride for a school trip, and at this part of the dialogue, a classmate gaped and asked, "What was that??" He replied, "Oh that was just Disney advocating for domestic violence." Ah.

Please be sure to discuss this with your kids! Not okay to strike a woman for lying. Or anyone.

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Parent of a 7, 11, and 13-year-old Written bycharles l. December 9, 2016

Great for mature young kids!

The princess bride is a family favorite In my house! I have three boy's: 7, 11, and 13,and they all love it. A few parts, such as the torture scene, need to be skipped but other than that this movie is very clean. The very famous one liner: "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die" comes from this movie and is followed my Inigo yelling " I want my father back you son of a b****!" and he then stabs the six fingered man in the gut. This scene needs to be skipped or at least muted. OVERALL THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST AND FUNNIEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME AND IS A MUST WATCH FOR ANYONE WHO IS NOT BOTHERED BY SOME VIOLENCE AND KISSING.

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Adult Written byNormalMom April 28, 2009

misogynistic and violent

Two things alarmed me about this movie .. on the surface the torture scene was more than I wanted my 6-yr-old to watch. Deeper than that, the movie is misogynistic .. the lead female character is literally just brought along while all the action takes place among the men.

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Adult Written byKnotHauty May 11, 2019

Still my top 3 movies of all time!

The preface of the movie is that it is being read to a child that is about 10 years old. See the begining of The Wonder Years TV Series...I read the 1000+ pg. Princess Bride novel at 9 after watching the movie; and Princess Bride is the only movie better than the book, in my opinion.

It's still in my top 3 movies at 43. It reminds me of Space Balls. The content is appropriate for any age because the jokes will only be understood by those with the maturity by which they were intended. I understood far more of the jokes at 9 than I should have and it was hilarious to me then and it is hilarious to my 10-year old now!

I honestly don't understand why so many parents have issues with a few very slight curses and nearly bloodless sword fights. Maybe the "torture" scene, which is so funny rather than gory, should be explained to younger kids or skipped...

I feel like so many reviewers on here are not giving credit to their child's maturity and intelligence. It varies greatly among kids because of their life experiences . Children deserve to be treated as half adults by 10.

Religiousity creates another dimension by which to judge, shelter and control children... Kid's WILL experience things outside of their church/ comfort bubble/ parent shield. That is life! Get them accustomed sooner than later...They have to live in an imperfect world.

"Can't"is the worst curse word I know. Can't negates progress, drive and positivity. I'd rather disagree with something in a movie, and to explain it in my own way like I do, than to have my kids say the word can't.

Princess Bride teaches the following lessons:
Achieving Short and Long-term Goals
Positivity Overcomes Negativity

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

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Adult Written bybestiame April 9, 2008

One of my favorites, but it depends on the kid

I have always loved this movie; I can't remember a time when I didn't. When I was a kid, I had a self-imposed tradition of watching it on Christmas Day in the afternoon when I was bored. Recently my stepdaughter (6.75 at the time) was sick in bed and my husband and I decided we'd watch it with her. What a mistake! I hope we didn't ruin it for her forever. I always thought, "what's not to like?" but she's not really used to movies with almost constant fighting, a lot of witty (but often fast-paced and subtle) dialog, and very little overt physical comedy. Most of the jokes went over her head, and she proclaimed it to be "scary" and "boring". The sort of magical parts (Miracle Max, Westley's return) aren't the fantastic and wondrous "Disney-style" magic, either. All in all, a great movie in my opinion, but not really for kids under 8 or 9 unless they have a decent sense of nuance.
Adult Written byRonjasMom October 3, 2019

All time classic

As others have noted, there are scary elements and mildly disturbing gender roles here, but it's still a great film.

I say, why rush? Moms and Dads, I know you love this film, but it will still be there when your child is the right age. Save something for later.
Parent of a 9 and 11-year-old Written byDanzaJoy February 2, 2014

Highly problematic for preteens and younger

I'm surprised to see the rating of age 8 and no warnings on the editor's pick. This is one of my fav all-time movies but didn't want my kids to see it yet (ages 9, 10). Their are scenes of frequent dismissiveness from the young woman to the young man and yet he falls in love with her anyway. It might be a great example of compassion, or it might send the message that it's okay to be treated with disrespect. The theme of vengeance also figures strongly, which I'm working hard to erase from my children's habits (or at least ideation). And aside from the violence in general, there are the multiple scenes of torture.

We ended up seeing it in the waiting room of our pediatric dental clinic. I let it go and then my child started asking, "Are they really hurting him? Why are they doing that? Does that machine really work?" coupled with the agonizing screams heard throughout the forest.

This is, at best, a tween movie. However, I would encourage parental supervision and discussion. If the family isn't in the habit of having these conversations with cooperative or thoughtful children, then I'd wait until they were older. And I love this movie!

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Adult Written bytanshep August 20, 2011

Princess Bride is awesome but has a torture scene

Such a great movie. Other kids will refer to this movie ("My name is Inigo Montoya ...") but heads up--there is a torture scene. My girls weren't expecting it and freaked out. It looks comical to older kids and adults, but sensitive kids may be disturbed.

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Adult Written byhelsingmusique November 9, 2014

A Classic

I can only name a handful of people I know who did not watch this growing up, this movie is something everyone I know has seen at least once and I have never heard a single argument about this movie. It is a romance movie, it has action, it can be watched by both boys and girls without problems as the movie isn't gendered by society. We all still watch this movie as we've grown out and claim it to be one of the best movies ever, it's charming and quirky.
Adult Written byJEDI micah January 24, 2013


What a hilarious and action-packed fairy tale this is! Rarely is there a princess movie that I love! This is a fun family movie to watch!

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Parent of a 4-year-old Written byfierce_mink_2000 April 9, 2008

Even though I'm the world's biggest prude...

I let my 4 year old watch this movie, because it's my favorite movie in the world. It's not sooo bad...*blush* Ok, yeah, so there's torture, death by poisoning yada yada yada. It's a great movie. And as other reviewers mentioned, it's all pretty cartoony. I agree with the reviewer who said this is on the very mild side of pg. It's certainly not G by any means, but it's much milder than many pg movies, and considering there are still G movies I don't let my kid watch because of violence or drug use, this movie's doing well.
Adult Written byyami0204 April 9, 2008


I remember first watching this when it came out on video. I fell in love instantly. A wonderful story of love! The fights scenes are a little intense, but the witty banter between sword strikes is classic! This movie is just beautiful! =D
Adult Written byMarimbus April 9, 2008

Witty adventure film with a comic twist

This movie is a classic as far as I'm concerned. I loved the book too.
Adult Written byHeroneSilverton April 9, 2008

A classic

A fantastic, warming film.

The title presents it as a girly movie, but this is far from it. There is some great swordplay in it.

I believe the only curse word in it is when Inigo is avenging his father's death (one of my favourite scenes from the movie, my favourite being when Inigo and the protagonist swordfight). There is blood in this movie; it would have been too much for me at a younger age, but with the things younger kids are exposed to now, it shouldn't be a problem.

There are not many words to describe a movie like this. All I can say is simply fantastic.
Adult Written byChristine O. May 24, 2020

Great pre-teen or teen flick

Great for pre-teens and older. Younger than 10 may find some parts too scary (a man is electocuted to death), or be confused by sexual elements and complex dialogue.

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Adult Written byAngel Rose May 11, 2020

Wonderful classic, but beware

This is hands down a fantastic movie. Absolutely phenomenal, and I grew up watching it with my dad quoting it all the time.
However, I was an extremely sensitive child and that has carried on into my adult life. I’m writing this review to warn that this movie may not be suitable for kids who are really sensitive.

It contains:
- two torture scenes; no blood, but those scenes are pretty intense.....these scenes are hard for me to watch as an adult, so I definitely feel this is the most important part for parents to be aware of.
- some blood during sword fights and in the Fire Swamp.
- one sword fight is to the death.
- poisoning.
- the Fire Swamp has ROUSes, Rodents Of Unusual Size. They are really big and if your kid is young enough to be afraid something is under their bed or in their closet, I don’t recommend this for them until they’re older.
- the Fire Swamp contains quicksand and fire as well as the ROUSes.
- also contains large eels that attack the characters.
- a scene of drinking.
- there are a couple swears and curses, but nothing extreme.
- a reference to breasts and some kissing.
- slight physical abuse (nothing terrible).

I definitely feel everyone should see this movie because it’s an absolute gem and there’s nothing like it, but parents need to decide when their children are ready to see it. Open communication and explanations through some of the intense stuff could probably help.

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Adult Written byEmd hnkdnnemm May 4, 2020

So fun my kids love it

I think that some people overreact because of the torture machine but it is not bad at all i love this movie so do my kids who are 2 and 3 so fun no bad words so awesome there is some sex but nothing bad
Parent of a 7 and 8-year-old Written byDominic F. April 29, 2020

C'est un très bon film très drôle et sérieux à la fois!

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