Phoebe in Wonderland

2008 PG-13 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

Phoebe in Wonderland

2008 PG-13 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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Whether at home or at school, 9-year-old Phoebe (Elle Fanning) always seems to get in trouble for breaking the rules. When her drama teacher (Patricia Clarkson) casts her in a production of "Alice in Wonderland," Phoebe begins to receive personal advice from the play's characters. Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman and Campbell Scott also star in this fantastical tale about inspiration and overcoming adversity.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby True HD
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although children figure prominently in this fantasy-tinged drama, it deals with themes that are too mature for tweens and younger kids. The young characters exhibit some aggressive behavior -- including spitting, shoving, and self-destructive actions -- and a child is tormented because she can't understand why she behaves the way she does. Her pain is deeply felt, which can make for difficult viewing. That said, the film has lots of heart, and teens and adults who watch may come away feeling educated and little less jaded. Expect some strong language and smoking.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A child suffers from a disorder that has her spitting at others, hurting herself (washing her hands to the point that they're raw/bloody, etc.), and defying adults who try to help her. A couple argues over how to best help their child. Kids hit each other on the playground.


A few instances of "s--t," "damn," "faggot," and "screw you." One use of "f--ked."

Social Behavior

Parents sometimes seem resentful of the troubles their child is causing them, though in the end they manage to help more than they hurt. In fact, they seem deeply caring about their child's condition -- just confused about what's happening and how to fix it. The kids in the play are capable of bullying and cruelty (one boy is "accused" of being gay), but they also become more cohesive in the end. A child mentions that she feels like "jumping off of a roof."


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One character expresses gratitude for the painkiller Vicodin. Another smokes (briefly).

  • 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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