Jack and the Beanstalk

2009 G 1h 34m DVD

Jack and the Beanstalk

2009 G 1h 34m DVD
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This live-action version of the classic children's story stars Colin Ford as Jack, a student flunking out of fairy tale school who trades his computer for some beans that a pawnbroker (Wallace Shawn) swears will make him worthy of fairy tale legend. When the seeds grow into a mighty beanstalk, Jack and his pal, Jillian (Chloe Moretz), climb into the clouds where a giant guards a magic harp. Gary J. Tunnicliffe directs this family-friendly comedy.
Colin Ford, Chevy Chase, Christopher Lloyd, Katey Sagal, Madison Davenport, Emily Rose Everhard, Gilbert Gottfried, Sammi Hanratty, James Earl Jones, James Karen, Hal B. Klein, David Mattey, Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Frank Payne, Brian Peck, Daniel Roebuck, Wallace Shawn, Anthony Skillman, Adair Tishler, Gary J. Tunnicliffe, Billy Unger
Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that part of the premise for this otherwise very family-friendly take on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale involves a father who is said to have abandoned his family, and a scene where a child learns that his father is likely dead. The giant and his guard might frighten smaller children. Elsewhere, it's an extremely low-key affair -- very little violence, no language issues, and lots of silliness.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


The giant with his horned mask and his ogre guard could be frightening for younger children. What little violence is in the film is largely slapstick -- a guard getting bonked on the head, a clearly choreographed comedic ninja fight sequence.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Jack and the Beanstalk espouses positive messages about deciding the course of your own life, keeping your word, and never giving up on your goals.


Not applicable

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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