A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Impossible is always possible. Have faith in your family. "If you mess with the bull, you get the horns." "Worrying is like a rocking horse, something to do that gets you nowhere."
Positive Role Models
Mia is kind, determined, and open-hearted. Older sister Emma is more practical but comes to see the value in believing in the impossible. Grandma Rose encourages her granddaughters to pursue their dreams. A villain is willing to kill the unicorn to secure eternal youth.
Violence & Scariness
A villain seeks to kill a unicorn and drink its blood to secure eternal youth. Good guys chase a bad guy who has lassoed the unicorn colt. Kids too young to see over the wheel and reach the gas pedal drive a truck off the road. No one is injured. Bullying at school.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Grandma Rose is caught sitting under a blanket kissing her boyfriend Bud. No actual kissing is seen. Patrick and Emma are interrupted from kissing several times but finally manage a brief smooch. Young girls mention playing Spin the Bottle.
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"Hell," "crap," and "suck face."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wish Upon a Unicorn is a kid-oriented comedy-fantasy designed to appeal to kids who may display skepticism about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, but still want to enjoy and believe in the fantastic. Be aware that this family-centric story has a foundation in tragedy: Two young girls move from Chicago to the country with their dad after the death of their mother. A few mildly scary moments arise as a unicorn-napper tries to sacrifice and drink the blood of the mythical creature in his quest to gain eternal youth. Kids too young to see over the wheel and reach the gas pedal drive a truck off the road. No one is injured. Bullying at school. Language includes "hell," "crap," and "suck face," and two tweens kiss. Grandma Rose is caught sitting under a blanket kissing her boyfriend Bud. Young girls mention playing Spin the Bottle. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is sweet and perfectly tailored to suit its target audience: kids looking for something good and decent to believe in. Dialogue is often smart and amusing. Mia notes that no one at school notices the unicorn because they are all staring at screens. "I weep for this generation," she quips.
If Wish Upon a Unicorn feels a bit loose with logic, no one enjoying this will mind. Chloe Webb is charming as Grandma Rose. When she falls ill and heads for the hospital, talking about being ready for death, it feels a bit unlikely that she can just pull out her tubes and leap into her overalls to help the girls rescue the unicorn. But Webb's good-humored energy makes it believable. They outsmart the unicorn-napper Willie and get the colt back to its uni-mom, at which point everyone seems relieved with this outcome, but it's unclear how this will keep Rocco safe from future danger. Never mind. Just go with the good vibes.
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