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Is The Secret Garden 2020 Kid Friendly? Movie Review

THE SECRET GARDEN 2020 starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx is a new take on the classic novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Is The Secret Garden kid friendly? Rated PG, The Secret Garden does add a darker element than other versions, may be a bit slow for young kids, but overall is a beautiful rendition about overcoming tragedy and believing in magic.

Is The Secret Garden 2020 kid friendly?

Is The Secret Garden 2020 Kid Friendly?

Set in England in 1947, The Secret Garden follows a young girl, Mary (Dixie Egerickx), who had lived in India, but becomes an orphan after losing her parents to cholera. She is sent to live with her uncle (Colin Firth), who lives in a big mansion with ghosts and tragedy of its own. Mary, somewhat spoiled and bratty, discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate, as well as a cousin she didn’t know she had.

Mary is told not to enter certain rooms or parts of the house and her disobedience leads her to find her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst). 


There is no bad language in The Secret Garden.

Mature Content

There are some mature topics such as death, tragedy, illness, family dynamics, dealing with grief, and a touch of racism. There is also a scene with a fire in the home that could be emotional for children.

Is The Secret Garden Appropriate for Children Under 10?

The Secret Garden does start off a little confusing with flashbacks to India and Mary’s circumstances, and it takes awhile for Mary to find friends and build relationships, and get to The Secret Garden. However, it doesn’t rush things, which is also a positive. 

I’d recommend The Secret Garden for children over 10. It’s an especially great story, because it doesn’t sugarcoat the grief that one feels when losing someone. And that’s important for kids to learn. While we’re currently sheltered in place, it also teaches us to allow children to explore and find their own path in handling difficult situations.

Colin firth is always outstanding, and Egerickx and Hayhurst bring a maturity to their roles. 

The Secret Garden 2020 Parents Guide

When Mary discovers the Secret Garden, its serenity, peace, and beauty opens up new possibilities for her and Colin, who is also still grieving his own mother. At times he wants to reject hope for his illness and life, just like we can, but sometimes we need friends and family to show us the possibilities. The garden allows the children to be kids and find joy.

The Secret Garden guides us through tragedy and grief with a level of maturity that ultimately shows us hope, magic and the ability to find our way again.