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children & family, comedy

A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
Positive messages
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

Guns and deep thoughts make this best for older kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated film starring Johnny Depp is as dramatic as it is comedic, and it deals with several mature themes that may go over kids' head. The main character experiences an identity crisis and ponders life's big questions -- like "who am I?," "where do I belong?," and "why am I here?" (to name just a few of Rango's existential issues). There's also stronger language (both "damn" and "hell" are said several times, as well as insults like "trollop," "tart," and "floozy") and notably more violence than in many animated kids' movies -- violent/scary scenes range from gun showdowns and a gallows outfitted with nooses to a frightening killer hawk and a sadistic snake that threatens beloved characters. A few characters are killed (or nearly killed), shot at, or crushed, and there's a fair bit of smoking by supporting characters. But there are also positive messages about living up to your potential, defending those who are defenseless, and the importance of authority figures who do what's in their community's best interest instead of their own.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about becoming who you want to be. How does Rango change from a wannabe hero to the real thing? Would you consider him a role model?
  • There are some pretty heavy themes here. Do you think that makes it too grown-up for younger kids? Who do you think the movie's target audience is?
  • How does the violence in this movie compare to others you've seen? Does it have more or less impact? Why?

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Audience Reviews

4 stars

I don't know why but at first I was unsure I was going to enjoy Rango, such was all the hype. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised though, the CGI animation industry doesn't half churn out some absolute garbage but Rango maybe the one to change all that. It's very inventive, very odd in places and quite brave in the commercial world. I think it's safe to say this is for adults though, not that it's unsuitable for kids in the usual sense, I just don't think they'd understand or enjoy it but then why can't we have one for ourselves for a change. It's a heartfelt homage to the classic western and unless your a fan of the genres, you will might miss many nods to various favourites of the genres but it won't spoil it if you haven't. The animation is also far superior to anything else I've seen (ha, I wrote that about Kung Fu Panda only a couple of days ago) and the surreal fantasy scenes are brilliant. A very pleasant surprise.

- SirPant, Thursday, November 24, 2011

4 stars

Great fun amazing animation especially on blu ray. Loved the shout out to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas early on. A fun strange trip of a movie that had me just gleefully going along. Good times.

- jmanard52, Monday, July 18, 2011