When Marnie Was There

2015 PG 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD

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When Marnie Was There

2015 PG 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD
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A lonely city girl with chronic asthma, Anna Sasaki is sent to spend the summer with relatives in a seaside town where the air is clean. Before long, Anna makes friends with a mysterious girl living in a deserted villa -- but is she real or a dream?
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.0, French: Dolby Digital 5.0, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.0
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, English SDH, French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: DTS-HD Master Audio, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
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age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that When Marnie Was There is possibly the last film produced by Japan's legendary Studio Ghibli, now that master animator/studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki has retired. An adaptation of a British children's book by Joan G. Robinson, the slow-paced story focuses on Anna, a sad, lonely, self-hating foster child whose only friend is a mysterious girl who lives in a supposedly abandoned mansion. There's some insult language ("fat pig," "pathetic"), some scary scenes in an old silo, and a moment of threatened violence (Anna pulls a knife on a girl who's bothering her), as well as one scene in which an adult offers Anna a drink of wine at a party. But otherwise the movie is fine for tweens who can handle the themes, pace, and plot twists.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Anna pulls a knife on a girl who's bothering her. She has an asthma attack early in the film. Some falls/bruises, and a scary sequence set in an old, decrepit silo during a storm.


Anna uses insult language, often but not always in reference to herself: "fat pig," "ugly," "stupid," "pathetic," "unpleasant," "moody." Anna says that she hates herself more than once.

Social Behavior

Anna's journey teaches viewers about the importance of self esteem and of valuing those who love you, even if they aren't related to you by blood.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink at a party, and an adult offers Anna a glass of wine. Some smoking.

  • 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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