As a lover of A Wrinkle in Time Book, I was cautiously optimistic about the A Wrinkle in Time movie. My excitement grew as stars Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon were announced as the Mrs. After watching the film, I’ll answer the question, is A Wrinkle in Time movie kid friendly? Depends on your definition. There may be nothing sexual or perhaps too violent, but does that mean A Wrinkle in Time is ok for kids? It definitely depends on the ages of the children.
Is A Wrinkle in Time Movie Kid friendly?
If your kids have read the book, then I imagine they’ll want to see the A Wrinkle in Time movie, like my kids. Let’s break down the parents guide to A Wrinkle in Time regarding language, violence, sexual content and nudity and whether it’s ok for kids.
Language in A Wrinkle in Time Movie
There was no profanity in A Wrinkle in Time that I can remember. There are words such as stupid and idiot thrown around when Charles Wallace (the little boy) becomes possessed with the IT.
Nudity and Sexual Content in A Wrinkle in Time Movie
There was no nudity. There is a beach scene where you see some males with no shirts and females in swimsuits. As far as sexual content in A Wrinkle in Time there is a kiss and also flirtation between some of the characters. It’s all very mild.
Violence in A Wrinkle in Time Movie
There are dark themes in A Wrinkle in Time as the movie is about light conquering evil. There is no blood shown. One character hits another and is disciplined. There are tense scenes that may be scary for young children, especially regarding darkness, dark clouds, and the IT. I would describe those scenes as almost spooky mixed with a little bit of evil.
What Ages are Appropriate for A Wrinkle in Time?
At the beginning of the screening, the director Ava DuVernay, made a video addressing the young people watching the film. She said she made it for the 11- and 12-year-olds watching and for the young at heart. I would say this is an appropriate age. In my opinion, I would not bring anyone younger than 8, not because of inappropriateness, but honestly, I’d think they’d be bored. I like a film with different plots to link into the main one, but this felt very linear. However, some people may enjoy that.
My 9-year-old read A Wrinkle in Time and had questions as she was reading, because it is somewhat of a difficult read. It’s not a simple story, but the message is important, just as the message in the A Wrinkle in Time Movie is important.
Tweens may also like it, because Rowan Blanchard from Girls Meets World is in it. She plays the mean girl, and she certainly is your typical mean girl middle schooler. I think many girls will be able to relate to Meg and cheer her on.
Should You Take Your Kids to see A Wrinkle in Time?
Though A Wrinkle in Time movie is kid friendly and family friendly, I would skip it for the younger ones. There are stunning visuals and characters and creatures that can delight the masses. The costumes are amazing, and I found myself laughing at Reese Witherspoon’s Mrs. WhatsIt the entire film.
Oprah is very soothing as Mrs. Which, and her makeup is glorious. I want to wear glitter lipstick every day of my life now. It also hit close to home for me as the mother of all girls. I loved seeing these powerful women in these roles. They were the stars, the heroines, the celestial beings, and they commanded respect. Meg’s mother was a scientist.
Also the overall theme of love is so important and necessary right now. We need more warriors, more who are willing to fight for love and hope, and that is what I want my daughters to take away from this film. It was just a little slow, and with all that star power, I was hoping for a little more.
Overall, I will still take my oldest 3 girls (ages 9 to 13), because I want them to form their own opinion about it, especially since they’ve read A Wrinkle in Time. They can relate to Meg as she tries to find her herself and become confident in a world not too kind to adolescents. I do have to give A Wrinkle in Time massive props for being family friendly. There are not enough films out right now that I can take my tweens and teens without exposing them to profanity and nudity. So bravo to Disney and A Wrinkle in Time for that!
What is A Wrinkle in Time About?
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic that takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
A Wrinkle in Time is in theaters March 9!
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