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Frozen - Movie Review for Parents

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Bottom line: Disney's Frozen features a Nordic adventure that centers around a sisterly bond. Contains some mild action that may be frightening for very young children.

MPAA Rating: PG, for some mild action and rude humor
Guide age recommendation: 4+
Genre: Animation/Adventure
Runtime: Approx. 102 minutes
Release Date: November 27, 2013

Frozen - Overview

In a mystical Nordic kingdom, two young princesses enjoy growing up together in the loving household of their parents, the king and queen. But tragedy strikes when Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), who was born with mysterious powers, accidentally injures her beloved little sister Anna (voice of Kristen Bell). Her parents determine that Elsa must hide and suppress her powers so that she can live her life without the burden they force her to bear.

Suppressing her strong powers proves difficult for Elsa, however, and she falls into a life of isolation and fear. Her sister Anna does not remember the accident and is hurt by their separation. Things become even worse when the King and Queen leave on a journey from which they never return.

Finally, that fateful day comes when Elsa comes of age to be crowed Queen. The entire kingdom is celebrating, and visitors come from near and far. Unable to contain the power withing her, Elsa unwittingly allows her people to see her magic. Being exposed for who she really is causes Elsa great stress, and her beautiful kingdom becomes a land of ice and cold as Elsa flees for a safe haven.

Anna races off to find her sister, leaving her betrothed in charge of the kingdom. Along the way, Anna meets the rugged mountain man/ice blocker Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven, who accompany her on her journey. She also gets help from a funny, magical snowman named Olaf. Together, they must find Elsa and set things right, or the kingdom may never be the same again.

Frozen - Guide Review for Parents

Set in a quaint, Nordic inspired world, Frozen transports viewers to an exciting land of robustly elegant beauty. Kids and families will be delighted by the unique animation, strong main characters and comical yet endearing sidekicks. The story itself lacks a little in depth, but presents strong relationships that bring heart to the film and allow the viewer to care about the story and characters. The film also carries a strong message about family, loyalty and love.

Some perilous or mildly violent scenes in Frozen may be frightening for very young children. More likely than frightened, though, young kids might be disturbed when one sister hurts another, or when the two sisters are separated and sad. The movie contains one scene in which a character punches another character in the face, which is kind of a celebratory scene and may be construed as presenting this type of behavior as positive or empowering.

Some mild rude humor and mild insults are slung here and there in the movie. And one scene, which seems oddly out of place in this innocent world locked away in the mountains, has a main character dressed in a slightly provocative gown and singing with a Hollywood diva kind of vibe. The movie also includes some romantic relationships, but sends a good message about getting to know someone before falling in love.

Overall, kids will likely thoroughly enjoy the film and won't find too much to be scared of. Though again, the tension between different characters may be unsettling or disturbing to some. Parents can talk with kids about the bond between siblings, Elsa's powers and what she should have done instead of hiding away, and why it's important to get to know people before judging, for good or bad.

Frozen - Content Overview

*May contain spoilers.
  • Violence (High): Some accidental injuries are sustained by a child, rendering her unconscious. Men with weapons such as crossbows go after a young woman who uses magic powers to defend herself. Elsa uses her powers to trap a man in ice swords and almost pushes another man off a cliff. A gigantic snow monster chases some people and gets very angry as he fights with others.A female character punches a male character square in the face.
  • Scary Scenes (Medium): Some very young viewers may find the content listed under "violence" scary. Very young children may be frightened by the snow monster or frightened for Elsa and others when her powers get out of control.
  • Sex/Nudity (Low): A girl sings about finding true love and dreams of meeting "the one." A young man and woman fall in love. A young woman wears a dress with a high slit up the side. A young man and woman kiss.
  • Drugs and Alcohol (Low): At a party, some people are holding what looks like glasses of champagne.
  • Language (Low): A few rude words such as "butt" are used.
  • Disrespectful/Imitative Behavior (High): A man pretends to love a woman and plots to kill another so he can become king. Elsa is encouraged to hide her magic and shuts out the world. Kristoff pretends to talk for his reindeer throughout the movie. A girl falls in love and agrees to marry a boy she just met.
  • Sad/Unsettling Scenes (Medium): Kids may feel sad or unsettled when Elsa accidentally hurts Anna or when the sisters are separated. In one scene in the movie, it appears a character has been frozen forever.
  • Movie Topics Kids Might Have Questions About: magic, judging others, true love, deceit, death of a parent, royalty, hiding things you don't like about yourself.

*Kids who like Frozen may also enjoy: Disney Fairies: Secret of the WingsBrave, Tangled, or other animated princess movies.

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