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Small Soldiers Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 11+

A mean-spirited, technologically stunning cartoon.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the "soldiers" of the title are ruthless killing machines in the body of dolls, who attack, terrorize and render impotent the humans around them. Young boys, especially, may want to imitate the destructive ideas, such as making weapons out of household items and climbing a power pole to ruin a transformer.

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. Do the toy characters make the violence more tolerable? Also parents may want remind their kids not to imitate the actions they see here.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Living toys are chewed up in a disposal and otherwise tortured. They use power tools and explosives to attack humans.

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    Sex: Wild flirtation and a passionate kiss. The commandos make rude comments about the Barbies.

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    Language: Mild to moderately serious profanity.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Illegal drugs are mentioned; parents are drugged by the toys.