Movies Anywhere

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Handy service, but parental controls easy to bypass.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Varies widely based on movies watched/available. Kids can learn about a variety of movie genres, ranging from mystery to comedy. Some films are based on literary works, while documentaries cover subjects including farming, entertainment, animals, and nature. Other movies touch on topics ranging from history to business. Characters may offer insight into communication and interpersonal relationships or family structure. Movie descriptions and reviews offer some reading practice. Kids will also see examples of self-expression and criticism in reviews.

Positive Messages

Messages depend on which films are in your library. Some feature themes such as friendship, working together, establishing a sense of identity, etc.

Violence

Movie choices include gory horror selections, but users have to buy them through a separate vendor to see more than a preview.

Sex

Some available/featured films include nudity and sexual themes, but kids can't watch them without a digital movie service subscription or purchase.

 

Language

Some films kids can read about and download elsewhere may include swearing, but movie trailers on the site itself are pretty clean.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some films kids can read about and download elsewhere may have drinking, drugs, or smoking, but movie trailers on the site itself are pretty clean.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Movies Anywhere is a movie storage and viewing site that consolidates purchases across multiple services. Users aren't asked to enter an age when registering, so kids might be able to sign up. But parents can set some controls to allow kids to watch only movies with a certain rating. And to actually add and watch movies, you need to have a digital media account to link your Movies Anywhere account to. Some available/featured films may have mature content in the areas of sex, drugs, language, or violence, but they can only be watched with a digital subscription or a purchase of that film. Trailers on the site itself are generally appropriate for most audiences. Movies Anywhere is one of Common Sense Media's paying content partners, but the site was reviewed by an independent writer.

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User Reviews

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Adult Written byDarinMcGuire August 21, 2019

What happened to my movies?

I've been a happy member of Disney movies anywhere since its conception, then all of a sudden they were having me transfer everything over to Movies Anywhe... Continue reading
Adult Written byalfred g October 10, 2018

They lost my account and there is no one to contact to retrieve it

I used to have Disney Movies Anywhere and my account was supposedly transferred here. I went here and logged in using my Disney Movies Anywhere email, login an... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Users can connect their MOVIES ANYWHERE to iTunes, Amazon, and other digital retailer accounts to create a central hub for watching the full-length digital movies they own. YouTube, Microsoft, Xfinity, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Verizon Fios TV, and Vudu/Walmart accounts can also be linked to Movies Anywhere. You can search recent Hollywood hits -- grouped under headings like "Inspire Me" and "Family Movie Night" -- and buy titles you might not be able to access from a digital retailer. You can also watch previews, read reviews, and get suggestions for similar films to those you've liked. The service can be accessed on computers, on mobile devices via an app, and through TV-connected devices.

Is it any good?

This digital service makes it easier to consolidate movie purchases from multiple accounts in one location, but content limitations keep it from being a must-have site for film fans. Because you can connect your Movies Anywhere account to iTunes, Amazon, Xfinity, etc., instead of juggling lots of different services, you can just log on to a single website to access all your purchased movies. You can also search the site's library to buy other titles. That said, Movies Anywhere doesn't directly sell the films listed on its site. Rather, when you click on the "buy" button, you'll see which of their digital service partners offer it.

There are many family-friendly options listed in specific collections/sections of the site, and review information from both Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media is available to help parents determine age-appropriateness. Parents can also add a kid-specific profile to their account and restrict access for that profile to movies with a certain rating. That means that kids won't see the "buy" button, so they shouldn't be able to purchase anything. But there are some limitations: For example, not every movie from the featured studios (including Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., and Universal) is available to purchase through Movies Anywhere, and the selection is further limited when you impose the age-related content restrictions. Also, the kid-specific profiles don't have separate login information. You can lock a kid profile if you're using the Movies Anywhere app -- which stops them from being able to access your account information -- but that functionality isn't available for the service's website. There, kids can easily toggle back and forth between their account and their parents' and change any rating restrictions. Signing kids up for a separate Movies Anywhere account may not solve the issue, because it can be hard to have two email addresses connected to one digital provider account. Bottom line? This is a handy consolidation service, but the content may feel limited in some cases, and kids who don't have their own partner accounts -- or don't have as many as an adult might -- may not actually be able to have everything in one place after all.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time limits. What guidelines can you set to ensure that you're also enjoying other activities?

  • If a website doesn’t have reviews or other information about its content, how can you tell whether movies/videos are meant for kids or adults? Discuss which elements might indicate that something isn't OK for kids to watch -- and why it might help to ask an adult if you're not sure.

Website details

  • Genre: Video Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: February 06, 2020

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