The Wolf and the Lion

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Mixed messages in cute, far-fetched animal friendship tale.

PG 2022 99 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 9+

The Wolf and The Lion Review

Technically, I'm not a parent, I'm an older sister - but I thought I should post a comment on this movie. I went to see it in theaters, and while at first I liked the movie...there were some things I had a problem with. P.S. there will be a few spoilers: The first part of the movie is pretty good, up until the point where the main character (Alma), raises a Wolf and Lion Cub on her own, and when the proper authorities get involved - she goes on a mission to find them. Please note - you should not raise wild animals that you find in the woods!! The message being sent in the movie felt like it was saying "It's okay to raise and watch over a wild animal cub." Now as far as the Lion Cub goes...I didn't like what happened later in the movie. The Lion Cub is later repossessed by the Circus who bought him (after the Cub was illegally captured), and abused. The Ring Master injects the Lion with a needle of sedative, and then proceeds to whip him so he acts like a trained animal (the whipping is not shown - but it is heard, along with the lion's painful roars or protest). After that scene...I didn't want to sit and watch it anymore. I was expecting a fun, cutesy kids movie, and I found myself watching a slight fun, not really a kid's movie.
3 people found this helpful.
age 9+

Missed the mark

I would not consider this a family movie since the s word was used three times (could have easily been omitted), and we heard other disappointing language from a positive adult character (Joe). There were very disappointing decisions from a father figure in the circus as well. Spoilers... As a previous review mentioned, the main character Alma, made a poor choice to keep 2 wild animals. The lion training scene caught us off guard with the tranquilizers and talk about removing his claws. Unfortunately, this movie had the potential to be much more enthralling (given it was based on a true story, had the permits and animal rights in place for production, and took a year to film to show the animals growth), but I found the sequencing of scenes and direction of actors to be lacking and sometimes confusing...what a mised opportunity! With all that said, the scenery was beautiful, and the cub & pups interactions were very cute. I wouldn't recommend the movie though.

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