Home Movies

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
Home Movies TV Poster Image
Witty animated show about young filmmaker is best for teens.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series portrays Brendon’s filmmaking efforts as worthy and artistic ventures, requiring creativity, imagination, and focus. That said, it also delves into complex family issues, touching on divorce, absent and neglectful parents, and the complicated relations within blended families.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Brendon and his friends are devoted to making movies, and they sometimes neglect their schoolwork to focus on filming. They're also willing to sneak into places to film scenes and break rules in pursuit of getting the shot. Their parents run the gamut from very involved and supportive to completely absent.

Violence

Moderate cartoon antics that fall short of actual fighting.

Sex
Language

Characters call each other “stupid” and say “shut up" and "ass." Some references to bodily functions, as characters sometimes “gotta pee” or throw up.

Consumerism

Some episodes have references to well-known movies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the adult characters has a drinking problem.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this series about a boy who likes to make movies with his best friends is animated, it often explores relatively mature topics about families, marriage, and divorce. There’s not too much in the way of swearing, sex, or violence, but the jokes and themes might not be very entertaining for young viewers. The main character, Brendon, lives with his single mom, while his friend Jason seems to have little contact with his parents. The kids themselves must often bend a few rules in order to plan and shoot the scenes for their movies.

User Reviews

Parent of a 4, 5, and 7 year old Written by23momof3 July 1, 2010

My daughter watches this show and i have no problem with it.

My daughter watches this show and i have no problem with it. There are very few consens for me the do use words like ass but that is the only cuss word i have h... Continue reading
Adult Written byWhatTheyMissed September 30, 2011

Program rated correctly.

Program does properly deserve TV-PG rating. Thank you, Cartoon Network, for this.
Teen, 17 years old Written byibarncat February 3, 2012

Witty show about young filmakers is actually fine for kids and is influenced by Klasky-Csupo.

Please do not think that the title refers to the show's animation. Instead, it refers to the show's writing style. This is a very funny and often surp... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 25, 2010

Home Movies

Okay... I think this is ok for 9 and up I've heard the curses but i think the strongest words are beeped.

What's the story?

Brendon (voiced by HOME MOVIES creator/writer Brendon Small) is a budding filmmaker at age 8. Along with his best friends Jason (H. Jon Benjamin) and Melissa (Melissa Bardin Galsky), he’s constantly planning his next shoot, talking about dialogue, or filming a scene. This clever animated series shows the lengths that a persistent young artist is willing to go to pursue his craft, even if it sometimes means ignoring homework or bending a few rules to gain access to just the right location for a key sequence.

Is it any good?

While Home Movies (which originally aired from 1999-2004) is about three young kids, the show's jokes and situations are clearly aimed at an older audience. When the series isn't focused on Brendon’s films, it also touches on family relationships. Brendon lives with his single mom and adopted sister and sometimes interacts with his dad and stepmother. Jason and Melissa also seem to have vaguely dysfunctional relationships with their parents (although, really, who doesn’t?).

In this series, the kids have to deal with many of the same issues as real-world kids -- including divorce, under-employed parents, and watching their single parents negotiate the dating world. Brendon’s entertaining films offer the trio an entertaining and creative escape and sometimes seem like a metaphor for needing to escape.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about divorce. What do you think about the way Brendon’s single mom is portrayed? What about his dad and step-mother? Does this seem like an accurate look at divorce? If your parents are divorced, or if you have friends whose parents are divorced, does this show get it right?

  • What do you think about Brendon’s devotion to making movies? Is he showing an early interest in the craft, or is he a bit too focused on his hobby?

TV details

For kids who love quirky entertainment

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