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The Little Rascals Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Madcap, mischievous Our Gang remake.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this remake of the 1930s classic espouses some of the same prejudices as the original, relying on some "girls are gross" and anti-gay humor. The good news here is that the cast is integrated and it's less racist than the original. But there are things that would scare younger children, including thunder and a large Doberman that jumps on Alfalfa, knocking him over. The clubhouse catches fire and the kids put it out by themselves. Alfalfa drinks dish soap and bubbles come out when he sings -- parents may want to warn kids that this prank won't work as advertised.

  • Families can talk about whether the things they see in the movie can really happen. Can you put out a fire with water balloons? Can you really burp and fart bubbles if you drink dish soap? What should you do if you get into a dangerous situation like the Our Gang group does?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Darla and her friends are very sexualized; everything is about love instead of being regular little girls. The gang is very girl-hating at the beginning of the film. There's also some gay-baiting jokes, including a segment where Spanky, dressed up as a girl in order to hide from Woim and Butch, flirts with the bullies. When he's revealed, the guys chase after him, calling him an "ugly little freak." When he goes into a Boys Club for protection, he's rejected.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Butch and Woim threaten to beat up Alfalfa and Spanky. A large and scary dog jumps on Alfalfa. In a dream sequence, Alfalfa falls off a cliff and onto the rocks below. In a go-cart race, the kids drive through a grocery store parking lot and knock people over. Alfalfa punches Woim in the face, knocking him into mud.

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    Sexy stuff: Alfalfa and Darla kiss three times. Alfalfa runs around in his underwear and once it's implied that he's totally naked in front of Darla and Waldo. A.J. kisses Spanky on the cheeks. Several girls and boys kiss.

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Characters mention Cracker Jacks and brands like Campbells Soup and Etch-A-Sketch are visible.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable