OK for kids 8+
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this quirky, funny fairy tale has quite a bit of action-style violence, including a torture machine, sword fights (one to the death), a death by poisoning, quicksand, fire pits, and ROUSes (rodents of unusual size) and giant shrieking eels that attack main characters. But the movie's skewed humor and its storybook feel lessen some of the impact of the violent scenes. There's also some drinking -- in one scene a drunken character is revived in a barrel of water -- and a bit of kissing.
- Families can talk about what makes for a really good adventure/love story. Is it sword fights? Scary creatures? Handsome leading men and ladies?
- How does this movie poke fun at some of the standard fairy tale elements?
- In the end, why didn't the sick boy mind the kissing scene as much as he thought he would?
The good stuff
Educational value: The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.
Messages: Despite some manipulation and betrayal along the way, overall the movie's message is about the triumph of true love and the importance of loyalty, friendship, and family.
Role models: Characters prize true love and generally hold fast to their ideals where it's concerned. Some characters compromise their beliefs in the pursuit of their goals, but they don't win out in the end. Inigo is driven almost solely by a powerful quest for vengeance, but he has strong reasons. The grandfather and grandson have a touching relationship.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: Action-style violence includes a torture machine, sword fights (one to the death), a death by poisoning, quicksand, fire pits, shrieking eels, and menacing ROUSes (rodents of unusual size).
Sexy stuff: A few kisses, most notably a very sweet storybook kiss. One reference to Buttercup's "perfect breasts."
Language: One use of "son of a bitch." Also "my God."
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Inigo has a drinking problem (he's shown inebriated), and Fezzik nurses him back to health. Other characters sometimes drink from goblets of wine.
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Perfect Fairy Tale for all ages and genders by coupons517
"Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... "
What more can you ask in a movie than all of the above plus comedy and a great cast. It is a movie that stands the test of time.
One of the best movies ever! by benngie
I saw this movie when it came out originally, and I don't know how many times I've seen it since then. It was great to have an old classic being shown on the big screen again. Loved it then ...love it now!
Princess Bride by gaylejeske
This is a must see for everyone. Seeing it on the big screen is the best, but I also have the DVD and have watched it numerous times. I think it appeals to all age groups. It is just a fun movie to watch. It has more "quotable" lines than most movies. "Have fun storming the castle!"
The Princess Bride... All time family favorite by gwarner
I finally got to see this on the Big Screen! It was even more enjoyable! I've watched this dozens of times with my children as they grew up and it never grows old! Too bad there was only 1 showing in Indiana.
The way it was meant to be seen by alanna517
I was 16 when this movie originally came out in the theaters. I was MUCH too cool to go see an action adventure pirate swashbuckling story with a wrestler (Andre the Giant being the only actor I recognized at the time)
What a shame. There isn't another movie around that I regretted seeing on the silver screen. It took 27 years, but I finally got my chance, and oh how wonderful it was. I smiled from opening credits until the lights came on in the end. I might have quoted a few lines under my breath. I certainly joined in with the rest of the theater to applaud at the end.
The theater was clean and comfortable, and if they promise to play The Princess Bride again, I promise to attend with those I love.
Are You Kidding? Best Movie Ever! by 650ClassicGirl
I would never pass up an opportunity to see The Princess Bride on the big screen, even though I own it on DVD. Love it love it love it. My husband and I took all our kids (ages 5-16) to see this and everyone had a great time, of course.