The Borrowers

1997 PG 1h 26m DVD

The Borrowers

1997 PG 1h 26m DVD
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When a corrupt attorney (John Goodman) schemes to destroy the house of the normal-sized Lender family, they and the Clock family, a clan of miniature people who secretly reside in the walls of the house, team up to save their home.
John Goodman, Mark Williams, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin, Tom Felton, Raymond Pickard, Bradley Pierce, Liza Chasin, Nina Gold, Harry Gregson-Williams, Debra Hayward, Hugh Laurie
Peter Hewitt
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, 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 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the little people in this movie have a lot to fear from the "Beans," or humans, who are out to exterminate them. The tricks and traps can be painful to watch. There are also some gross-out moments (like when a Borrower falls into a pile of dog poop, or when a villain is drenched in liquid cheese). But the clever gadgets and great escapes will prove entertaining to tweens and even adults.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Perilous and violent scenarios have tangible results. Traps, chemical burns, pokes in the flesh with prongs, chase scenes where little people are nearly smashed with hammers or drowned in milk. No one dies or is mortally wounded. The action is frenzied and continuous, but fun, too.


"Damned," "idiot," and "shut up."

Social Behavior

Positive messages of teamwork, family, hard work, and friendship.


Very discernible product placement in first 15 minutes of movie: Breyer's ice cream, Reach dental floss, Energizer batteries.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The villain smokes cigars.

  • 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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