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The Thief of Bagdad Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Slow, dated fairytale based on Aladdin story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jaffar kills the sultan of Basra, the princess' father. The scene is not graphic, but it's disturbing; the sultan walks willingly into the arms of a magic statue that strangles him.

  • Families can talk about role models in this story and what makes a heroic character. How does the father in this story differ from the dads in most other family films? Does the princess have any control over her future? In what ways do her father, Jaffar, and Ahmad objectify her? Who's really the star of the film, and what makes someone a leading character?

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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Jaffar murders the sultan of Basra in a scene that isn't gory but unsettling.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue