2008 PG 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD


2008 PG 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD
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Unbeknownst to his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, bookbinder Mo "Silvertongue" Folchart has a secret ability to bring characters to life by reading their stories out loud. But when the wicked Capricorn comes after her father, Meggie must rescue him.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD
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 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
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age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this family-friendly fantasy is based on author Cornelia Funke's best-selling young adult novel. As in the book, there's a dark tone to the story, and the threat of violence seems real (especially the death threats). The "inked" villains may disturb younger kids, although some of the fantastical elements are funny. Henchmen hold people hostage, threaten to kill people, and burn property, and characters are in serious danger through most of the film. There's mild flirting between two younger characters and a quick kiss and embrace between married couples.

Sexual Content

Two young characters flirt; married couples embrace and kiss (briefly).


The henchmen are brutal: They kidnap and take several characters hostage at knife point, and they burn an entire rare library's worth of books. Several characters are told they'll be killed. A villain commands an even scarier villain to "feast" on innocent characters. Characters fight and are obliterated. Some animals from books -- a Minotaur, flying monkeys, dragons, etc. -- might scare younger kids.


Mild -- "damn," "for God's sake."

Social Behavior

Teamwork and family bonds strengthen this magical story.


None, unless you count references to fictional literary characters.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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