A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main message is that once you discover your purpose, it's best to step up to the plate and fulfill it with grace and commitment. Sometimes, bad influences will try to sway you from your mission, but you must stick to your goal and be aware of your enemies.
Positive Role Models
Dorothy is loyal to her friends and willing to do whatever must be done to protect them and save Earth from an evil witch. The witch, on the other hand, lies whenever it suits her purposes and is only too willing to destroy anything and anyone that stands in her path.
Violence & Scariness
Some scary special effects (close-ups of evil-looking villains with scars, etc.). A head sits on a dresser, able to move and make facial expressions. Creatures are pulverized with a laser-like weapon. A woman slaps a man at a bar. A man robs a woman and then tries to kidnap her. Some intense fight sequences during the finale.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman tries to pick up a man at a bar. An actress envisions Dorothy as a sexy 11-year-old in a tank top and motorcycle jacket. Some of the witches wear low-cut, revealing outfits.
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Infrequent use of words including "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Name–dropping of brands like Ferragamo and Armani. A Pepsi can is visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking -- cocktails like martinis, for example -- in bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that that the miniseries The Witches of Oz, which imports the characters of the beloved Wizard of Oz tales to modern-day New York, has some intense fantasy fight sequences that might be too much for young kids. On the positive side, Dorothy is a loyal friend and fights to protect her loved ones. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's little new here, and the plot is muddled and poorly executed. (It's also overly long, running more than two-and-a-half hours, since it was originally conceived as a TV miniseries.) Rojas is an appealing actress who does the best she can with the material, but in the end there's not much that she (or Lloyd, hamming it up) can do to save The Witches of Oz.
The film starts with characters we all know and love and then transports them into a standard evil-witch-bent-on-taking-over-the-world story. Much of the joy of the original Wizard of Oz is that it's so unlike any other tale, yet it delivers a story with universal appeal. This overly complicated plot, on the other hand, mixes the Oz mythos with yet another nasty villain seeking some magical artifact that will give her the power to Rule the World.
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