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Common Sense Media: Best Back-to-School Movies

'Matilda' (1996)

Ages: 8+

Synopsis: Offbeat fantasy gem, but too dark for young kids.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this often surreal family movie based on the book by Roald Dahl includes a lot of cartoonish violence, nearly all of it perpetrated by a bullying school principal. Children who displease the evil principal are put in "the chokey," a dark closet lined with nails and broken glass. When Matilda's parents aren't neglecting her, they're berating her... so she decides to punish them. But she also stands up for the principal's victims. The film explores themes of youthful independence and personal identity. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Columbia Tristar)

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