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The Ant Bully Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

So much talking. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    59

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Feels anonymously generic and charmlessly mechanical.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Ant Bully, while not wildly fresh or inventive, is entertaining and energetic.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Cute animated movie with a message for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some scenes might be a little scary for very young kids –- in particular, menacing spiders, frogs, wasps, flyswatters, and bullies try to wipe out entire civilizations (the ants). Also, Lucas is in constant danger after being shrunk down to ant size. There's some name-calling, mild profanities (such as "butt"), and bodily function jokes.

  • Families can talk about the importance of compassion, teamwork, and loyalty. Sometimes we try to "go it alone," but it's always okay to ask for help when we need it. How can this help us as we grow into adulthood and face new challenges? It's okay to be strong and stand up for ourselves, but is it ever a good idea to "take revenge" on someone? Also, find some examples of communities around us that we don't often see or notice. Why is it important to know about these communities, and how do they fit into our world?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters bully others, take revenge, think only of themselves, and fail to see the "big picture" around them. However, the characters also learn important lessons about compassion, teamwork, and loyalty. Some burping and other bodily function jokes.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Some intense scenes involving menacing spiders, frogs, wasps, flyswatters, bullies, and the exterminator. Lucas is eaten, then spit out by a frog. After being shrunk down, he's in constant danger from the regular-sized humans. The ants threaten to dissect and study him.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Mild. The exterminator's private parts are attacked by bugs.

  • language false3

    Language: Some name-calling, such as "Hey, Pukas!" Mild profanities, including "butt".

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Mild, including jelly beans, potato chips, gossip mags, and other household and grocery store items.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A "magic potion" is used to shrink Lucas. The exterminator smokes a cigar.

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