Parents' Guide to

The Reef

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated ocean tale has lots of scuffles and bullying.

Movie G 2007 77 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 6+


Why is there only one Reef in the entire ocean?
age 6+

The Reef is a garbage Pixar movie

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (9 ):

THE REEF is a bit rough around the edges for very young kids. A fish watches his parents being swept up by a net, never to return, and immediately finds a mean-spirited bully on what should be safe ground. The high number of tumbles, some flatulence jokes, and the Karate Kid-style plot -- which has Pi training to fight Troy for the big finish -- and the very creepy intimidation Troy lays on Cordelia all feel a bit too volatile for the film's cover appearance, designed to lure the same crowd that loves The Little Mermaid. There are some nice ideas about substitute communities and rallying to solve a problem, but it's unfortunate the answer is found in more violence.

Kids who like ocean adventures will be drawn to this, but parents may want to be ready to discuss bullies, orphans, and the mean streets underwater and possibly clarify what girls should do if boys ever demand their affections.

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