Wolf Children

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Awe-inspiring, tender anime tale has mature themes.

PG 2013 117 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 20 reviews

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age 9+

1 worrying scene, otherwise fantastic for kids.

Excellent film showing the ups and downs of being a single parent, but also dealing with letting the kids have independence. Beautiful animation and pretty heart-warming. POTENTIAL SPOILERS There’s some stuff younger kids might find worrying, but not much. The body of a wolf is found dead in a river quite early on and later in the film a rabbit is hunted and the body fought over by a pair or animals. Others have mentioned an intimate scene, but this is so innocuous, kids won’t pick up on it - a couple of people lie down together and that’s it. There are a couple of scenes of kids fighting where they get scratches and you see a bit of blood once. Tbh, if you skip the body in the river scene, around 15mins in, there’s not much that most kids won’t be able to deal with.

This title has:

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Great role models
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age 8+

Rated PG (upsetting scenes, violence, threat, infrequent mild language).

MAIN ISSUES - There are a few upsetting scenes throughout, or scenes depicting characters in some emotional distress. These include the sudden death of a central character towards the beginning of the film, where his lover is seen to break down and cry; another scene shows a mother in distress after she believes her son has died; there are also other scenes showing children distressed or upset. Some mild violence occurs in one moment where a girl claws a boy's ear, causing a brief blood splatter on the floor, and blood is shown on her hands. This scene of violence is not intentional, and is caused by a sudden burst of emotional upset. Other violence is shown when two children fight as wolves, and are shown clawing and biting at eachother. Occasional moments of mild threat include a sequence where a boy nearly drowns in a river, and a scene where a mother looks for her son in a heavy storm where she nearly falls unconscious, but is saved. One other issue is one use of mild language ("b*stards"). OTHER ISSUES - There are instances of brief natural nudity in some scenes, the strongest example being brief sight of a woman's nipple after she has finished breastfeeding. In addition, there is one brief moment of sensuality between two characters, in a darkly lit room, just before they lay down together. Nothing else is depicted, although it is implied they had intercourse. PG - Parental Guidance, some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. Contains mild content, generally suitable for children aged 8 years and over.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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