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Dennis the Menace Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 7+

Contrived movie is not true to its origins.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the hero is 5, this movie comes with caveats for those who are squeamish or easily scared. Also, parents should know that the contrived story is unnecessarily sinister, neither true to its comic-strip origins nor suitably updated.

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Dennis and Mr. Wilson. Why can't they get along? How do you get along with someone who is difficult?

The good stuff
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    Messages: All the female characters wear dresses only. Margaret is obsessed by girlish things, such as turning the boys' fort into a house with curtains. Some bathroom humor and mean-spirited gags.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: When Christopher Lloyd takes his lumps, the result is a bloody, swollen face. Dennis is kidnapped by a hobo.

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    Sexy stuff: Dennis and his pals discuss how babies get into a mother's stomach (the mother's belly button opens up so the baby can enter). Dennis tells Mrs. Wilson how his parents "wrestle" on Sunday mornings, by themselves and with their shirts off.

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    Language: Mr. Wilson says the initials "G-D" out loud when he's really upset.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue