The Wizard of Oz

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Common Sense says

age 6+

Even decades later, one of the best family films ever made.

NR 1939 101 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 62 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 157 reviews

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age 6+

Just so you know I’m 14 just using my moms account

Really good! I remember being scared by the wicked witch when I was little and a scarecrow gets set on fire but is fine. Great messages and a really fun movie with great music, perfect for all ages. In the credits the munchkins are credited as “The Midgets” no names or anything, which is offensive so if your kid asks just explain how it isn’t right that that are generalized like that. You should watch this movie that you will look back on fondly as a good childhood memory.

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age 6+

A bit scarier than I remembered

I, like many people, was sentimentally attached to The Wizard of Oz. I had seen it on television like millions of others and was set to love it like I had as a child. However, I did not love it. Mostly, because my taste had changed and I no longer felt convinced of Garland's "10/11 year old ness", the songs did not quite pack the punch that I remembered, and the incongruities with Glinda (I had read three of Baum's books) stood out in a way I could not ignore. In its whimsy it excels, but with grounding the story with Dorothy I thought the world of Oz was offered short shrift. I also found the flying monkeys to be quite grotesque and scary and felt that the Wicked Witch of the West's comeuppance comes a little too quick and a bit too deus ex machina...but that is neither here nor there. The film continues to capture nostalgia by the bucketloads and "Over the Rainbow" is a film song that has no equal.

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