Parents' Guide to

Den Brother

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun family comedy has sweet messages for kids.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+
age 7+

A Pleasant Surprise!

The slightly silly aspects of the story are greatly outweighed by its overall sweetness, especially the loving relationship between Alex and his little sister. Also the friendship between Alex and his hockey buddy is very nicely constructed as his developing friendship with the charming Mattise. No stereotypes here. The child actors who comprise Bumblebee Troop 57 are all convincing as independent minded tweens who help the main character find the right path in life. This movie was a most pleasant surprise, as it seems to be reviewed nowhere except on Common Sense Media. It is a heart warming story that--I think--will be most appreciated by girls ages 7-9 and their parents.

Is It Any Good?

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DEN BROTHER is a sweet tale of personal growth and accountability emphasized by the heartwarming relationship between a teen and his adoring little sister. In other words, it's a typical Disney-fied tale that will bombard young kids with sugary-sweet messages ... and be deemed corny by those only slightly older. Tweens will know that things don't always work out in real life like they do on Disney's screen, but littler kids won't be bothered (and might just be inspired) by the movie's idealized view of the world.

The movie does briefly touch on a few serious issues -- like the death of a parent and the impact of a father's heavy work load -- but overall its tone is light and comedic, and its pace will keep kids interested throughout. In true Disney fashion, it's devoid of any iffy content and an fun pick for family viewing time.

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