The Secret of Moonacre

2008 PG 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Secret of Moonacre

2008 PG 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD
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When the fantastic tale in her storybook comes to life, young Maria Merryweather finds herself trapped in an ancient feud between her family and a rival clan -- and it's up to her locate the source of the bad blood and unite the two families.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.35:1
English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
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+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this enchanting fairy tale has some sad and scary scenes that might be disturbing for very young or sensitive kids. Maria loses her father early in the movie, though the audience never actually meets him. Also, one family is portrayed as villainous, and they wear dark clothes and masks, and there are some brief battle scenes with Maria being chased. A magical, protective black dog has red eyes and transforms into a fierce lion when the enemies appear. Maria -- who's selfless and generous -- is a great role model for kids, and the movie has strongly positive messages about achieving your goals.

Sexual Content

One affectionate kiss.


Maria loses her father early in the movie, which could upset some kids. Also, a few short battles in which Maria is chased by villians; they're short, but the darkness and dramatic lighting may frighten young children. Some other slightly scary scenes involving mysterious movements of doors and walls.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Maria overcomes the loss of her father and shows that you don't need power and authority to fix the things that are broken in the world. As long as you have desire, will, and understanding, anything is possible.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink socially. The governess has one too many cocktails and falls asleep in her chair.

  • 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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