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The Rugrats Movie

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

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

 Some peril.

Sexy Stuff

Some potty humor.

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

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written by[email protected] January 16, 2019

I Want it to be Rated R For Strong language and nudity

HATE IT WORST MODELS AND MESSAGES 100 f**ks During the movie 12 S**ts 13 A** 12 damns it should be like dead pool or 2012 or sausage party
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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJPoop May 5, 2019


It's a good movie with very little sex in it and is really funny...but its odd. There are good messages but some scenes little children may think are scary... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMoviegirl700 November 1, 2018

Awful and innapropriate

Awful!! Not for kids at all!! Swearing: Mean names and plenty of rude humor. Sex: The mother gives birth (lots of screaming/crying, legs are propped up), and m... Continue reading

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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