Parents' Guide to

The Wizard

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Kids' adventure tale filled with danger and a bit of heart.

Movie PG 1989 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Fun, but lots of language, peril, and insulting a character with a mental disability

This movie got bad reviews upon release but is now a cult classic, so my expectations watching it were mixed. It was a pretty fun movie, with heart and charm, the acting was fine (it was nice to see Christian Slater in a pre-Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves role). However be advised there is a lot of language for a family film. The a-word, s-word SOB and plenty of h-ll and d--n's are used throughout. Also there is a subplot of a bounty hunter trying to locate the title character who has a mental disability. He puts the small child and his brother and their female friend in dangerous situations. Additionally he insults the title character's mental disability by calling him a "space case". Additionally, a group of teenagers hunt down the kids for not paying them money for a bet and punch the kid in the face where he bleeds and takes the title character's hat from him calling him a moron. Sensitive viewers may also be upset by a subplot in which the brother of the main character discusses in detail how their sister died after drowning in a river. It's a fun movie, but be prepared to explain to your children why it is unacceptable to treat people with disabilities the way certain characters treat the title character in this movie. Focus also on the fact that the main character has considerable strengths and is very smart. Also be aware of the language. Although it is obvious this movie is aimed at children 8-11 years old I feel the language alone makes it a better choice for 12 and up.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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age 16+

It's A Good Movie But I Would Not Recommend This A Family Friendly Movie

This Movie A Good For People That Are 16+ Not For Kids Under 16

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (2):

This film will evoke some comforting nostalgia for parents who played video games when they were kids. The structure of THE WIZARD is much like these old games: Three kids move from one level to another on their way to a big score, meeting an assemblage of opponents of various degrees of danger, all the while being chased by not-so-worthy adversaries who slip and fall and crowd one another off the screen. The resolution is hokey and contrived; the characters are thin and hit the same notes over and over again. The final gaming tournament is abrasively loud and lacking in any suspense. Still, the gifted Fred Savage manages to add heart to an otherwise dismissable movie.

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