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The Pacifier

  • Rated PG

children & family, comedy

When Navy Seal Shane Wolfe is assigned to protect a family of five out-of-control kids, he finds out what tough really means.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 8
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

A crass, crude, and overly-familiar comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is at the PG-13 edge of PG. It has a lot of cartoon-ish "action violence:" no blood and no on-screen shooting but an exploding helicopter, a glimpse of a dead body, a lot of kicking and hitting. A parent is killed (off-screen). There's a lot of potty humor including many diaper jokes and a character covered with sewage. There's also some crude schoolyard language including "bite me," "boobs," "spaz," "skanky." One daughter wears a crucifix, though there is no further evidence of any religious faith. The portrayal of the bad guys has some unpleasantly racist overtones, and some of the "humorous" insults are sexist and homophobic. And there's intrusive product placement for Costco and other brands.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how different people respond differently to loss and pain. What examples did we see in this story?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 21
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Blah comedy.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 4, 2005

Rotten: A formulaic Disney comedy.

- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, March 4, 2005

Rotten: The Pacifier isn't going to redefine kids' films, but it's far less painful than what it could have been.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, March 4, 2005

Audience Reviews

1 star

this is terrible. just terrible. but i watched it on my vacation to myrtle beach so its worth a star. Vin Diesel sounds like a slightly more understandable Stallone

- ColinCostigan8590, Wednesday, June 10, 2009

3 stars

It was OK.

- citawijaya, Thursday, June 5, 2008

2 stars

When you spend your entire career building yourself up as a hard man how hilarious would it be to star as a hard man but in a soft and gentle kids film? HAHAHA, about as funny as Mr. Nanny and Kindergarden Cop. In all fairness it is slightly funnier and there is an air of 80's dodgy nostalgia creeping in. Vin is actually quite good but I only wish the duck had more screentime.

- kiriyamakazou, Monday, December 31, 2007