Spirit Bear

2005 NR 1h 31m DVD

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Spirit Bear

2005 NR 1h 31m DVD
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After being attacked in the woods, teenager Simon is rescued by a white Kermode bear. Learning of the Kermode's endangered status, the shy teen comes out of his shell and wages a campaign to save the species from extinction.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this uplifting movie about a teen activist who started "the world's largest environmental network of young people" will be of interest to activist tweens and up. Except for some language -- mostly "hell" and "friggin" -- and a car getting run off the road, the content is pretty mild. One long scene plays out like a big ad for the band The Trews as the band plays a song and then invites Simon on stage to talk about saving the spirit bear's habitat.

Sexual Content

One kiss and some mild innuendo.


A bear almost attacks Simon and then two bears fight each other. Simon is repeatedly rear-ended and then run off the road while driving, suffering a broken leg. Simon gets some threatening phone calls and emails.


"Hell" and "friggin" are said the most with a few emails to Simon shown that say "burn in hell." "S--t" may have been said once but it's barely audible; plus "bloody," "piss off," "hard ass," "a-hole," and "screwed you over."

Social Behavior

The strong message that even one voice can have the power to change the world if it's persistent and passionate enough. However there are some stereotypes here that stand out: the loggers are cruel and threatening -- even violent -- and other activists are called "freaks" who no one will listen to for dressing like hippies and protesting with signs on government property.


Practically an ad for the band The Trews. Simon gets tickets and is invited on stage to speak.

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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