Popcornflix

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Free film site includes too much adult fare for kids.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about history and geography on a few National Geographic shows, but most of the content isn't educational. Movies may show examples of storytelling, plot, and other literary devices. A few documentaries provide background on a variety of topics, ranging from nutrition to current events and celebrities. Back-to-back ads may play if you try to fast-forward or pause, which can be annoying; parents may also be frustrated to find that descriptions don't include much information about why movies received a certain rating. Popcornflix gathers a lot of entertainment in one location, and users might learn a thing or two over the course of watching a few movies.

 

Positive Messages

Some kids' titles stress individuality, courage, other positive themes.

Violence

Dozens of horror choices offer blood, gore galore.

Sex

Some movies contain nudity, sexual themes.

Language

"Ass," other swear words.

Consumerism

Ads appear on home page, sometimes before, during movies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some selections mention drugs, drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Popcornflix is a free streaming movie site that plays documentaries, Hollywood films, and other content. Users are asked to enter their birthday to prove they're 18 before watching R-rated movies, but age isn't verified in any way. Aside from a movie's ratings, descriptions don't list any information about nudity, violence, substance use, or other adult content, and there's quite a lot of this content to be found in varying amounts based on the movie itself. The site also features ads on the home page, as well as before and during some films.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBobbi C. September 2, 2016

Nice if the movies played

The lists are extremely limited - not the biggest problem. There are advertisements - as expected for a free service. Here's the biggest problem - gettin... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 year old Written byJennifer W. April 17, 2018

VAPE ADS FOR CHILDREN SHOWS!

MY 4 YEAR OLD WATCHES SONIC, AND MARIO BROS. THERE ARE SOMETIMES 5 AD COMMERCIALS, 4 OF 5 OF THEM ARE FOR SMOKING VAPES! THATS RIDICULOUS. My son should not... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 6, 2018

Not for childs

It is for 18 years and up because It write it on the site

What's it about?

Featuring entertainment options from Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a motion picture distributor founded in 1999, POPCORNFLIX has more than 1,500 free film and TV options. The content isn't all Hollywood blockbusters; users may not have heard of some titles. They can access on-screen documentaries, foreign films, scary cinema, kid's fare, and a number of other genres. Viewing is pretty much the only site activity; Popcornflix doesn't feature much written or other content.

Is it any good?

With more than 100 kids' titles, ranging from Betty Boop cartoons to live-action movies starring tweens, this streaming site, at first glance, might see like a fantastic find. Users can watch shows and movies for free; some are even short and simple enough for very young children to enjoy. But upon closer inspection, there are some serious concerns. Much of the content isn't kid-friendly -- including horror flicks where heads are chopped off, movies with nudity, and other adult fare -- and kids can easily access it by claiminh in a pop-up box that they're 18. Kids will also potentially see a lot of ads, especially If they try to fast-forward or rewind part of a video, as well as on the site's home page. This can make the viewing experience somewhat frustrating. Overall, safe video sites or parent-monitored TV time may be a better choice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much screen time is OK each day. Does your family have video game and TV limits? What does your child think they should be?

  • Which other activities can provide entertainment, aside from TV and movies? Ask your child to make a list of other fun physical and outdoor activities.

  • Some of the content on movie sites such as Popcornflix may not be ideal for younger viewers. Talk to kids about how they can tell the difference between sites that are meant for them and ones intended for adults.

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