Parents' Guide to

The Wolf and the Lion

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

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

Movie PG 2022 99 minutes
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age 8+

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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.
age 8+

great movie

a bit sad but really good

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The cute odd-couple animal pairing only works for so long before this movie's plot and underwhelming characterizations start to stretch credulity. Alma's decision to save both baby animals, while initially admirable, is utterly irresponsible. Instead of reaching out for help, she -- a classical musician with no training in caring for wild creatures -- takes it upon herself to mother these two seemingly orphaned babies on a private island? The script makes no sense, jadedly lumping in government forestry officials -- and even animal conservation experts -- with the likes of circus owners. You can't help but agree with nerdy wolf biologist Eli (Charlie Carrick) that Alma doesn't know what she's doing.

Greene is fine as godfather Joe, but aside from a few conversations between his character and Alma, there aren't any compelling human interactions here. And while Mozart and Dreamer's coexistence is touching (and adorable, particularly when they're babies), there's not much more to The Wolf and the Lion beyond occasional performances of classical pieces courtesy of Alma. Yes, if you only care about watching a lion and wolf hang out together, the movie satisfies. But if you're looking for more -- particularly about the realities of conservation and the dangers of humans thinking they can truly take care of big cats and wild wolves -- this is an unintentionally problematic story.

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