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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Some violence, language in fun Norwegian monster movie.

Movie PG-13 2011 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

Enjoyable adventure and a good introduction to subtitles

Free from sex or violence, and with mild peril and moments of tension, this is a great film to introduce braver kids to subtitled movies. The atmosphere, candid style and realism combined with ridiculous comedic elements (the bear paw prints left by a government employee, the power lines that go round in circles to fence in trolls) make for an immersive and enjoyable watch.
age 12+

I'm a bad troll!

Not to be confused with famly friendly troll films, as this is an handheld Norwegian horror comedy. After a class viewing there can be talk about Norwegian folklore. Good for an Halloween fest with outlandish horror comedies. In consumerism of course Norwegain Winter vacations.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (6 ):

TROLLHUNTER is a genre film that's both unusual and entertaining. The unfortunate prologue about how the movie's footage was "discovered" will draw comparisons -- perhaps unfavorable -- to The Blair Witch Project, but that's where the comparison ends. Directed by Andre Ovredal, Trollhunter is a great deal funnier and more fun than Blair Witch, with wilder special effects and more creative monsters. Plus, the movie cooks up an astonishing amount of troll lore, including names of species, mating habits, diet, lifespan, and much more, including a scientific explanation as to what turns them to stone.

Though Ovredal no doubt selected the "faux documentary" format to save money, it nonetheless makes the movie a wry and subtle commentary on our media-obsessed world: Working in the most secretive of occupations, the troll hunter nonetheless succumbs to a reality-show grilling on camera. Jespersen -- a popular comedian in Norway -- gives a wonderful performance as the jaded hunter.

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