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  • PG-13
  • 1h 30m
  • 2020
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Benh Zeitlin directs this fascinating reimagining of the classic story of Peter Pan. Finding herself on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, a young girl named Wendy fights to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Wendy dares to do something different with its classic source material; unfortunately, the movie's breathtaking visuals are at odds with a flawed take on the story.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Updated Peter Pan story has striking visuals, uneven plot.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wendy is a moody, modern-day retelling of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan story that focuses on a young Wendy Darling (Devin France). Here, Wendy lives in working-class Louisiana and gets to Neverland by running away from home and jumping on a train, where she and her twin brothers meet Peter. In Neverland, life is grand until tragedy strikes, leading to unexpected consequences. Expect occasional strong language ("damn," "hell," "ass," and a use of "s--t") and a few scenes of danger and violence, including one intense sequence in which a boy's hand is cut off, and sad moments when it seems like a key character has died. Spoiler alert! Later, a beloved creature does die after being hunted. Characters have experienced traumatic loss, and there's a volcano that rumbles and spews ash. Unlike other Peter Pan adaptations, this film is less plot-driven and is slower-paced and more contemplative in a way that might be tricky for younger viewers to follow. It's also very focused on the importance of motherhood, which could be difficult for kids who don't have moms or have complicated relationships with their mothers. But it does touch on the universal Peter Pan themes of the wonder, wildness, and carefree innocence of childhood and the value of learning to appreciate family and the beauty of growing up.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Drama
  • Release Date:February 27, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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