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The Rugrats Movie



Kids will love movie based on TV show, but parents may not.
  • Review Date: March 3, 2004
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 79 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

 Some peril.

Sexy stuff
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Some potty humor.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 20, 1998
DVD release date:March 30, 1999
Cast:Christine Cavanaugh, David Spade, Whoopi Goldberg
Director:Norton Virgein
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Book characters
Run time:79 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 January 26, 2012

Good movie, but not for the youngest viewers

I have the VHS tape of this movie and I think it's a good movie. It has some content that may not be appropriate for the youngest viewers, but it's still mostly tame and has positive messages about the importance of family and friends, teamwork, and responsibilty. Violence: Tommy is shown almost pouring baby food on Dil, so that monkeys will eat him, but stops at the sight of Dil crying. Wolves attempt to harm the babies. Spike is shown falling off a bridge with a wolf, and it appears that they both were killed, but Spike is shown to be ok. Nothing graphic is shown and nobody gets hurt. Sex: Didi gives birth to Dil in a hospital, but nothing graphic is shown. Tommy is shown with his diaper off, but we only see his butt cheeks. Charlotte at one point says, "You know what they say, born under Venus, look for a-" and then her phone cuts her off. Consumerism: Based off the popular TV show, "Rugrats"
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
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 attention. Phil and Lil, Tommy's twin friends, want to return Dil back to the hospital and use the toy Reptar Wagon to do so until it results in the Rugrats getting lost in the forest, can their teamwork get them home and can Tommy and Dil co-operate?
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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 in the woods away from their parents. In this movie, Tommy has a little brother. This might be good for kids that are becoming older siblings. There is alot of potty humor. In one of the hosptial scenes, The babies visit the newborn nursery. The newborns sing a song and then as the song ends they pee in the air. it's really gross. In one of the scenes were the babies get lost in the forest, Tommy's diaper comes undone and shows his butt cheeks but they don't show his privates. another scene being lost in the forest, They change Dill's diaper and he pees in the air getting on chuckie's head. So honestly, there are some disgusting things but otherwise the movie's ok. but get to know your kid first.


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