The Rugrats Movie

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Kids will love movie based on TV show, but parents may not.
  • G
  • 1998
  • 79 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages
Violence & scariness

 Some peril.

Sexy stuff
Language

Some potty humor.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film mirrors the TV series in content, and Rugrats cooperate and (usually) support each other.

User Reviews

Adult Written bynduns November 17, 2016

Better than I remember it being

While I don't quite put this on the level of Rugrats in Paris, this film is a lot deeper and more emotional than I remember it being and even has some real...
Aunt Written byPastelHooves October 17, 2017

What are you diaper bags screaming about?

One of my favorite movies as a child. Very cute movie! Not really educational just a feel good movie! Just a little mild action
Kid, 12 years old February 17, 2013

Rugrats: The Movie

Adventure and Action... The Rugrats are back in their first ever movie! Tommy is at first excited to have a little brother, Dil, until Dil has the most attentio...
Teen, 16 years old Written byPrincessreviewer6417 September 24, 2011

Ok movie but get to know your kids first!

I have seen this movie. I would get to know your child first before letting them watch this. Kids might get scared because of Tommy and his friends getting lost...

What's the story?

THE RUGRATS MOVIE takes its toddler heroes through two adventures -- getting lost in the woods and having to share parents with a new baby. Frustrated that his new baby brother is getting all the attention, Tommy Pickles devises a scheme to return the infant to the hospital. But things go awry, and Tommy and the rest of the gang find themselves lost in the woods. Will they make it back to the safety of home?

Is it any good?

Fans of the television series will be happily at home with this movie. The children around me at the theater laughed joyously at the potty humor and only a couple of them seemed concerned by the drooling wolf, mischievous monkeys, or the other perils the children face as they try to find their way back home. Their parents smiled at a couple of sly jokes, the use of voice talents like David Spade, Busta Rhymes, and Whoopi Goldberg, and that failsafe bolster of flagging parental attention, baby boomer-friendly music.

The Rugrats' trademark "kid-cam" use of floor- level perspective provides a few bright moments, and the kids' efforts to understand the world around them are occasionally fresh and funny. The movie is not much more than a long version of the television show, but for many in its targeted audience, that is just fine.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Tommy's concerns about his new baby brother, Dylan, and how Tommy, though frustrated, cares for his brother when they are lost. They should also be sensitive to any signs that children are scared when the babies are separated from their parents, though most will be very reassured by the way the Rugrats cooperate and (usually) support each other.

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