Parents' Guide to

The Three Lives of Thomasina

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cat-centric family classic touches on deep topics.

Movie NR 1964 97 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Traumatized me as a 9 year old who's grandmother had just died

If a child has been touched by real death in the family, or of a pet, this film could be devastating. There are very confusing messages about faith/religion. And the adults don't act responsibly in many of the segments of the movie. I was 9 years old when I first saw it in the theater and was traumatized by the death of the cat, and confused by it's supposed trip to cat heaven. I had just lost my grandmother to cancer.

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This family film delves into some pretty deep topics, such as death, the importance of communicating one's feelings, and of family bonds and love. Andrew represents the head, and Lori the heart. In the beginning of the story, both are isolated. Thomasina and Mary bring them together. Children may be interested in the way that the funeral arrangements are such a comfort to Mary. They may also want to know more about why Andrew had such a problem communicating his feelings.

WARNING: Some children may be upset over the notion that a cat can die and come back; some who have lost a pet (or a family member) may be upset that they don't come back.

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