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By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fart jokes galore in warmhearted kids fantasy adventure.

Movie PG 2002 83 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Not for young kids!! At least teens

Movie had a funny plot but scenes of bullying at school and an actual EXECUTION SQUADRON POINTING AT THE LITTLE BOY put me off. Also boy looses his friend for a while so his life goes very badly wrong. What’s disappointing main character has no self esteem, constantly putting himself down. Very disappointed by this movie especially with such a good cast. All adults are portrayed as bullies, alcoholic mum and dad that leaves the family as he can’t stand the farting boy. Absolute disaster of a movie. Had my remote all the time to fast forward bad bits.

Is It Any Good?

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While the main theme might make it a no-go for some, this is a warm and loving movie that holds children in high regard. Director Peter Hewitt had absolute affection for his main duo in 1991's Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, and here he gives the same warmth to central characters Patrick Smash and Alan A. Allen. The gassy Patrick is often hilarious in his near deadpan, hangdog voice-over, while Harry Potter star Grint is superb -- in only his second feature film -- as Patrick's highly intelligent friend. Grint delivers in Alan an eccentric, singular character who is a joy to watch, with his 1930s-style transatlantic accent and wide-eyed enthusiasm.

Thunderpants plays on Patrick and Alan's quirks and eccentricities, but it is never mean or laughing at them. The only time the laughing is stifled is when school bully Damon (Joshua Herdman) tries to belittle them. The way these children are celebrated extends to the crack team of child scientists enlisted to help bring a team of astronauts home safely. It's a fantasy movie about children made entirely for children. There may be plenty of fart gags, but it's also full of important messages about acceptance, ambition, and friendship. Not for everyone's tastes, but for some, this gassy adventure will hit all the right notes.

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