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Common Sense Media: Hilarious History Movies

'Time Bandits' (1981)

Ages: 9+

Why We Love It: Fun fantasy has a bit of bite.

What Parents Should 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. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Paramount)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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