A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Ethel bullies Mildred and plays a trick on her that causes her to crash to the ground. Mildred runs away from school after being humiliated. Mildred also overcomes her self consciousness and low self-esteem to stand up for herself and protect her school.
Violence & Scariness
A lot of comic accidents. Mildred crashes her broom into a bell tower. She and other witches also crash into the ground. Agatha aims spells at Mildred that cause explosions all around her, but she isn't hurt by them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
All the students have a crush on the Grand Wizard.
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No swearing, but Mildred is called a number of mean names, including "idiot," "misfit" and "abominable child."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that though there is no swearing and the violence is hardly believable, there are some scenes that may frighten young or particularly sensitive children. The witches cackle into the screen and threaten to hurt Mildred. And Agatha aims gunfire-like spells at Mildred, causing explosions all around her. Ethel also bullies Mildred. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While the special effects are laughably cheap and the musical numbers are atrocious, that's part of the charm of this DVD. Parents of a certain age will appreciate the kitschiness of Balk as an innocent witch, in her pre-crazy-goth-lady days, and will love Facts of Life den mother Charlotte Rae as both the sweet-as-pie Miss Cackle and as her inexplicably Southern-accented evil twin Agatha. These are milder scares for kids not ready for the magic of the Harry Potter world. But there are still some moments of cackling witchiness and exploding spells that aren't for the very young or sensitive.
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