Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer

2010 PG 1h 25m DVD

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Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer

2010 PG 1h 25m DVD
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On the outside, 12-year-old Arthur (Hunter Allan) looks like your typical nerd, harassed by bullies and hopelessly awkward. But a blue-skinned troll (Richard Sellers) with magic powers knows that Arthur is far above average -- and that he holds the key to saving civilization. In the meantime, Arthur has to convince his mom (Lea Thompson) that he isn't making up stories about his school's evil vice principal (Wendie Malick) and a powerful dragon.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer is a 2010 movie that is a frenetic and confusing mishmash of the legend of King Arthur, Harry Potter, and card game Magic: The Gathering. It's filled with bad behavior from preteens (not "teenage" as the title says) -- bullying, name-calling, vehicle stealing, among other things -- and shows little in the way of consequences for these negative behaviors. With the exception of the main character boy's single mother, adults are cartoonish caricatures. All of this might be forgivable if the movie's story was as fun and lighthearted as the filmmakers seem to want it to be, but the attempted quirkiness of the movie is far outweighed by the negative behaviors of the kids.

Sexual Content

Flirtation and kissing between adult characters.

Violence

Middle schoolers frequently engage in bullying and name-calling, with no real consequences for the bullying. Bullies throw lit fireworks down an outdoor sewer hole, where the target of their bullying is hiding out. Men dressed in HazMat outfits aim guns at a boy. Some cartoonish violence. A boy hangs by his underwear from a basketball hoop.

Language

Name-calling from bullies: "numb nuts," "dweebs," "Queen Arthur," "nerd alert." A boy plays Scrabble with a troll and uses words like "butt," "burp," "wedgie," and "fart," as he explains the concept of farting to the troll. In one scene, a boy says the word "s--t," but it is half-bleeped out.

Social Behavior

As a mishmash of King Arthur and Harry Potter filtered through the prism of immature middle school kids, puerile humor, and cartoonish adults, there is nothing in the way of positive messages in this one.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A boy tells his mother that he and his friends are brewing beer for their science project. A man suggests to a woman a romantic dinner with wine.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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