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Time Bandits Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Fun fantasy has a bit of bite.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will see a good deal of cartoonish violence (a man's arm is ripped off during an arm wrestling match, a hungry dwarf captures a rat and eats it, severed feet hang from the ceiling of an ogre's ship, etc.). Two characters are blown up at the end, but they aren't depicted as very nice people. Also there are scary creatures, and depictions of a supreme being and his nemesis that some will find objectionable. The bandits are pursued by the Supreme Being, i.e., God, who seems to have created the world in a slapdash manner. They also encounter the Evil Genius, or Devil. Throughout, the movie advocates reading and an appreciation for both the factual and mythological aspects of human history. Its dwarf protagonists also address themes of tolerance.

  • Families can talk about how humor of this nature, somewhat satirical and dark, often has very serious things to say. Did you detect any serious themes behind this comedy, such as questioning authority, the nature of the universe, or the nature of time?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Throughout, the movie advocates reading and an appreciation for both the factual and mythological aspects of human history. Its dwarf protagonists address themes of tolerance for those different from oneself.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Considerable cartoonish violence. A man's arm is ripped off during an arm wrestling match. The Evil Genius blows up many of his dimwitted minions. A firing squad executes prisoners. A hungry dwarf captures a rat and eats it. One can see the feet of previous victims hanging from the ceiling of an Ogre's ship. There is an attempted suicide. Kevin's home is burned down and his shallow parents are blown up at the movie's conclusion.

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    Sex: Not applicable

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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