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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than to educate.
Don't judge a book by its cover. Hard work pays off. Share the burden with others. Try to do something instead of doing nothing. Friendship, loyalty, and honesty are important. There is some body shaming.
Positive Role Models
Auntie teaches Waldek to do things for himself and have healthier habits. A grandfather gives wise advice about life and love. A friend sticks up for Waldek and apologizes after upsetting his friend. Waldek grows from a lazy gamer into someone more hardworking and mature.
All-White cast of young boys who love playing video games. A young girl is great at playing video games. An elderly woman is very athletic and talented at water sports and a former skydiver.
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Violence & Scariness
Some kids get in a brief shoving fight. Some bullying and name-calling. A mom has cancer and receives treatment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Boys watch girls in bathing suits walking by them at the pool. A young couple kiss in a hot tub. Waldek has a crush on a girl and daydreams about being her boyfriend. Couples hold hands. A boy tells another boy, "Your hormones are raging."
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Language includes "damned," "sexy." Insults include "loser," "nut job," "dumb," and "fat."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Too Old for Fairy Tales is a Polish coming-of-age story about a young boy named Waldek who loves video games. The movie has some insults, including "loser" and "nut job," as well as repeatedly calling a character "fat." Waldek's mom has cancer and receives treatment. There's some pursuing of romantic relationships in the form of flirting, an attempted kiss, boys gawking at girls in bathing suits at the pool, and a teen couple kissing in a hot tub. Though some characters at times seem shallow, there's growth throughout the film: Auntie teaches Waldek to do things for himself and have healthier habits, a grandfather gives wise advice about life and love, and friends learn lessons about apologizing and forgiveness. Note: Some viewers might find the English dubbing distracting since the voices don't always match the characters' mouths. Families might want to listen with the original Polish actors and read the English subtitles. 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 Too Old for Fairy Tales has an endearing plot, it takes a while to get to the good stuff. Waldek is really into video games, and that aspect might draw some viewers into the plot, but it quickly gets intense as Waldek's mother gets very ill and his eclectic aunt steps in as his caregiver. He's used to having everything done for him, even holding his mother's hand as he crosses the street. It's fun to watch Waldek go from needy and spoiled to more independent. While there's some shaming with Waldek's weight and immobile state when he's playing games for hours, the movie does highlight some diversity in the gaming world (girls can be as talented as the boys) and the way friendships can be built online and in real life.
It's nice to see Auntie representing an older demographic and bringing not just wisdom but energy and fun to the kids in the film. She's often seen hanging from the ceiling or tall branches in colorful outfits with goggles. Like much of the movie, it isn't until well into the story that more of her tale is revealed.
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