Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

Movie review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Feel-good family movie has great messages for tweens.

NR 2009 73 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 61 reviews

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age 8+

Okay

The show is definitely better. This movie was not comedy or action. It did have great special effects though. Basically there is a wizard family that has a daughter that has a tantrum. The daughter wishes her mom and dad never met. After the wish comes true their lives are completely different. If they don’t fix it in time, they will disappear from existence. 5/10

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age 13+

Shallow and sexist

Really disappointed - the mother is portrayed as a ditz who focuses on the romance in her and the father's early relationship, and the daughter is portrayed as someone who wants to go to parties and flirts with the surf instructor. Two out of six characters in this movie are female, and their characters are both defined by interest in romance. In addition, when a spell goes wrong, an alternate universe opens up in which the father is single. He proceeds to give strange women flowers and deems other women "hot" while talking to his son. In short, he is a sexist buffoon. A traveling magician's parrot is his significant other who was cursed, and the way he talks to her is both infantilizing and consistently involves referring to how she will go back to being beautiful eventually. We haven't watched the show and went entirely on the 7+ rating. We were taken aback by the consistent tone of romance, dating, and focus on appearance that permeated the movie. I suppose it could have been a good movie if these elements were removed, but not much would be left.

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