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Darby O'Gill and the Little People Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Imaginative story will draw tweens and teens in.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this low-key fantasy will win tweens' hearts, and most will find the brief scary parts just spooky enough. But as Darby and the leprechauns swap clever tricks, the film's engaging plot and evocative styling will keep the attention of older kids and adults as well. There's some drinking, shown as acceptable, and some brief scary scenes that may disturb more sensitive children.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What do the characters learn? Families can also discuss why Darby was afraid to tell his daughter that he lost his job, and how he was willing to sacrifice himself for her.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Janet Munro's character is assertive and doesn't wait for the boy she likes to ask her out.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: A moaning banshee, harbinger of death, and the Costa Bower, the death coach, make a short, shivery appearance. Some violence; mostly off-screen. The heroine swipes the hero's cheek, leaving a mark.

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    Sexy stuff: Some kissing.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One scene relies on the Leprechaun king getting drunk; other drinking presented casually.