Having seen the trailers enough times, both of our boys (4 & 8) were excited to see this film. Still, we had several conversations with them before going about what the film was going to be like. It was not going to be a "Toy Story" or an "Up". It was not going to be all laughter and adventure. It was certainly not going to be light stuff. We discussed how the film was going to be different from the book, how Max had trouble making good choices and why and how the tone of the film, although the Wild Things themselves might be cool to watch in action, would probably be a lot darker and more serious than films we usually see as a family. We gave our boys the chance to opt out, but they both still wanted to go. Knowing our children and trusting their ability to handle the material intellectually and emotionally, we went and all wound up enjoying the film immensely. It is a deep, rich, complicated film and, chances are, a lot of families out there are going to be very disappointed. The film's tone is, indeed, much darker than typical family features and there is a fair amount of violence and menace (Wild Things threaten to eat Max when they meet him, dirt clod war gets out of hand, one Wild Thing throws major tantrum near end, ripping another Wild Thing's arm off (oddly, only sand comes out of body and creature appears unharmed) and chases Max through woods in a very threatening way), so be prepared for all of that. The film gave us a lot to talk about afterward and both of our boys offered several opinions about Max's feelings and behaviors as well as that of the Wild Things. Our older son was also able to recognize that the Wild Things themselves were extensions of Max's own personality, warts and all, and we discussed which traits, fears, etc. certain WIld Things represented. Although our 4-year-old had no problem with anything in the film, I hesistate to recommend it for all 4-year-olds and therefore rate this film "on" for 6 and up. You know what your kids can handle. Read some other reviews from both parents and critics. Make an informed choice and prepare your kids first. But if you're looking for fun and adventure, wait until Astro Boy opens next week. If you're looking for a deep, psychological, thought-provoking, visually astonishing film that can spark debate, discussion and reflection, this is the one.