Turning Red

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Pixar coming-of-age tale explores puberty and parent issues.

PG 2022 100 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 244 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 207 reviews

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age 11+

Best for Older Kids

Definitely for older kids. Multiple mentions of periods and pads so better if your kid is aware of these changes or if you are ready to explain. The daughter is 13 and starts to struggle with her relationship with her mom. I think it glorifies being disobedient. As an adult I took away that it is better to be honest and be yourself but my kids just saw the bad behavior being cool.
59 people found this helpful.
age 9+

Don’t be misled by over-critical reviews

First of all, I’ll say this: any reviewer who talks about 4 boys in a band did not pay attention to the movie and I’d have a hard time trusting their review when they get such an easy detail wrong. That being said, I didn’t love this movie. I watched with my kids, a 7 y.o. daughter and 11 y.o. son. Yes, they had questions about what “pads” are. Yes, I thought the scene of her drawing pictures of the cute boy was—somewhat uncomfortable? Probably because the animators hid what she was drawing from us at first. The pictures were weird but I expected them to be more…explicit? So, no big deal. The confrontation between the mom and aforementioned cute boy was awkward to watch because that felt like a very grown-up, very serious issue. But honestly, everything after that was fine. We learned that yes, we can put too much pressure on our kids. We learned that kids are kids and will experience peer pressure, will disobey, will lie—guys, come on. We are not raising perfect angels, and if you think you are, YOU ARE THE MOM IN THIS MOVIE. The movie examines the relationship between mother and child, and between friends. It shows how damaged relationships can be repaired. It shows that we as parents need to give our kids freedoms; if we are overbearing, it will cause more rebellion. It shows kids how to manage their emotions. Are there are weird parts to this movie? Sure. But the weirdest thing is seeing the straight up fear-mongering “this movie teaches your kid to disobey” reviews. Kids know how to disobey; this movie shows the grace required to repair a relationship after that happens.
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