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Parents' Guide to

Trading Mom

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Silly '90s fantasy is a little dated but still fun.

Movie PG 1994 82 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Not as Disapointing as It Looks!

It might seem a dull movie, and well kind of is. Anna Chlumsky is great however in the movie as well as the two actors that play her brother. Its not in every Blockbuster in town, but if you get a chance to rent a movie, look for this one (just make sure you're doing something while watching it, it won't seem as boring.)

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

TRADING MOM is a fun, cheesy flick that has a lot of heart but a few flaws. Some parents might not be fans of some of the dated messages and the back talk given by the Martin kids (Jeremy's bitter "no wonder Dad left her" is especially unpleasant). And Sissy Spacek's portrayal of all of the moms is pretty over-the-top. But overall, it's a surprisingly cute movie that will probably be a hit with the younger crowd.

Kids will love the fantasizing about their dream mom and will probably love how silly all of the new mothers are. Parents will appreciate the ending message that it's really better to have a mom who loves and understands you but isn't always fun. And parents who grew up in the '90s will probably love the throwback fashion and some fun cameos like Andre the Giant.

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