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A Goofy Movie Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Even tweens will enjoy this road trip with Goofy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this father-son road-trip movie contains some chaotic, perilous moments. Max’s attitude is less than appreciative for much of the film -- but that’s the point. He is going through an awkward phase that Goofy is learning to cope with.

  • Families can talk about parent-child communication. Why did it take so long for Goofy and Max to start talking to each other? Why did Max lie to Roxanne? Do you think that was a good idea?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Some true geographical references, such as Los Angeles, Idaho, Yosemite.

  • message true3

    Messages: Goofy and Max are going through a rough patch, typical of adolescence, where trust, patience, respect, and discipline are all shifting borders in a new land. But the bond that they share is stronger than the challenges they withstand.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Goofy is an earnest, loving father, who wants his son to love and respect him. Once the pair iron out some communication issues, Goofy’s intentions are pure, and he acts according to his moral code of brotherly love.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Perilous scenes in a car, where Goofy and Max fall off of a cliff into a river. At one point, Max gets so frustrated with a mascot wearing a possum outfit that he punches him in the kisser. Pete bullies his son and encourages Goofy to do the same with Max.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Female characters wear slinky outfits and act seductively. Chaste kiss between teens. Shots of male characters wearing underwear or standing dressed in a towel. Shot of a baby’s bare bottom.

  • language false1

    Language: "Butt." Also, Max is interrupted by a bystander when he says the word hell: “My life is a living he…” “...Hello little buddy.”

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Disney cross-references pop up. Goofy has a Mickey Mouse telephone, and we see other Disney characters throughout the film. One character is a glutton for “cheddar-cheese whiz,” which comes in a very recognizable can.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Pete drinks beer, spitting it onto the TV screen when he sees Goofy and Max featured at a big concert.