Little Red Wagon

2012 PG 1h 44m DVD

Little Red Wagon

2012 PG 1h 44m DVD
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Armed with his beat-up red wagon and a blazing spirit of philanthropy, 8-year-old Zach sets out to help homeless children in the wake of Hurricane Charley by walking from his house in Florida to the White House.
Chandler Canterbury, Anna Gunn, Frances O'Connor, Daveigh Chase, Dylan Matzke, Deena Dill, Sydney Penny, Griffin Roper
David Anspaugh
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Little Red Wagon is a 2013 movie inspired by the activism of a young Florida boy named Zach Bonner, who collected supplies for those who lost their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, and then later dedicated his time and efforts to helping homeless children and calling attention to their plight. The biggest concern for parents is the side story in which a mother and her young son lose their home and have no choice but to sleep in their car, dumpster-dive, and shoplift from a grocery store; while intended to provide a concrete example of the tragedy of homelessness, some of the scenes -- including one in which the young boy injures his arm while dumpster-diving -- could be too intense for younger viewers. Also, some of the shouted arguments between the mother and teen daughter could be difficult for some. Finally, during one scene in which Zach and his mother are in the middle of their walk to Tallahassee from Tampa to raise awareness about child homelessness, Zach vomits on the side of the road. Otherwise, this film is an inspirational story of what one person can do to try and make the world a better place, and should lead to thoughtful discussions about activism in our society.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


While dumpster-diving with his mother, a young homeless boy falls out of a dumpster and injures his arm, resulting in blood and a traumatic wait in the ER waiting room.


A teen girl calls someone a "d-bag," and later makes reference to having to wake up at the "asscrack of dawn."

Social Behavior

Through talk and through example, the power of one person to bring about positive change in the world is shown.


Reference is made to companies and brands who helped Zach and his emerging charity: Lazydays RV, Build-a-Bear, and Chef Boyardee.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A woman drinks a glass of wine after coming home after losing her job, but does not act intoxicated.

  • 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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