Parents' Guide to

Anne of Green Gables

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

New take on plucky book heroine offers great messages.

TV PBS Drama 2016
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Great Adaptation of Classic Book

There is very little objectionable about this movie - barring the beginning where a neighbor makes several gross and derogatory comments about "orphans" (e.g., that one killed her adoptive family and then slit their throats). Otherwise, it is a great family movie. Due to the era it is set in there are, of course, gender stereotypes but much to the credit of Anne and Marilla (her adoptive mother), they defy such roles frequently.
age 7+

Terrific family entertainment, especially for young girls

Great adaptation! My 8 year-old daughter loved it. My 10 year-old son would not give it a shot, which was discouraging, but understandable.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (3):

Sweeping scenery, whimsical music, and a timeless story of family and friendship make this interpretation of L.M. Montgomery's classic a feel-good movie for all ages. Precocious Anne instantly wins over viewers with her chin-up attitude in the face of more adversity than most can imagine today, from being orphaned at an early age to bouncing around as an unwanted addition to one family after another and finally landing in a dreary group home. (Not to mention the lifelong sorrow of her red hair, of course.) It's no wonder Green Gables is a dream come true for her, and as she comes to find her place in it -- and in the hearts of Marilla and Matthew -- it's impossible not to root for a bright future for Anne with an "e."

This Anne of Green Gables reboot does a wonderful job introducing a new generation of viewers to this classic story set in a very different childhood from those that exist today, and it's enticing from the first few scenes. That said, fans of the acclaimed 1985 Kevin Sullivan production will find that this version toys with some aspects of the story that come as a bit of a disappointment. For one, Gilbert Blythe (Drew Haytaoglu) plays only a marginal role in this adaptation, thus downplaying Anne's grudge against him that so defines her coming-of-age story. Marilla and Matthew are noticeably reinterpreted as well, with Marilla being far less severe and Matthew significantly more extroverted here, and so Anne's winning them over is much less momentous. These and other adjustments don't interfere with this wonderful story itself, but they will be noticed by longtime fans of the version by which all others are judged, even three decades later.

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