Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gnomeo And Juliet-Good For Preschoolers

I must admit I am a very strict, conservative, Christian mom, and with that said I can still say that Gnomeo and Juliet was appropriate for my 2 preschoolers (ages 3 and 4).  I find it EXTREMELY hard to find a movie that is:
-doesn't say the words "stupid," or "shut up"
-doesn't have adult content
-and that will keep their attention

Gnomeo and Juliet was the first movie they actually sat through the whole thing in the movie theater! It helped that it was only 1.5 hours with previews included.  The movie has super cute graphics, bright colors, easy to follow storyline (for the most part), and lots of silly things that toddlers 'get.'  The only 2 things I didn't like (and that is a low number in my book) were the fact that they used "shut up" once as an expression of astonishment, and that it had a small "look-back" scene of a husband and wife splitting up, the wife leaving the house while taking half the stuff.  I didn't care for that at all, but the kids did not understand what was happening so it worked out ok.

Overall, I give this movie a B+ and would recommend it to friends and buy it on Blu-Ray when it comes out.


  1. Thanks for the review - I'll have to let my little guy see it. I'm your newest follower from MBC - check out my blog at!


  2. Stopping by from MBC to follow. I can't wait to take my 5 year old to this movie. It looks so cute.

  3. so glad to hear your take on this movie. I wasn't sure what to expect from it and would not have guessed it was sooo good for kids. Thanks! Following you through MBC Blog Hop

  4. New follower from MBC. Glad to here this is a thumbs up ... my kids have been asking to see it.

  5. Hmm I was looking at the movie and completely passing it up but now I think I will give it a second chance. I am now following your blog from MBC! Please follow me back at
    thanks :)

  6. per

    What to watch out for

    •Violence & scariness: The red and blue garden gnomes have an ongoing rivalry, as do the neighboring houseowners, who constantly bicker and insult each other. In one scene, a gnome purposely breaks off another gnome's hat. In retaliation, the wronged gnome's friends drive the offending gnome against a wall, and he shatters to pieces. A gnome looks like he's been crushed by a truck. A dog chases and tries to bury a gnome. The gnomes fight each other in a climactic battle involving lawn mowers and other garden-wielded weapons.
    •Sexy stuff: Gnomeo and Juliet flirt, hold hands, and kiss briefly.
    •Language: Some mild insults and British slang like "shut up," "blasted," "daft," "codger," "old cabbage," and "loser." One use of "damn."
    •Consumerism: Not an issue.
    •Drinking, drugs, & smoking: Not an issue

  7. Thanks Anonymous for the other tips. I agree with all said, but thought that the language was not an issue because my toddlers do not know any of the English sayings, and the fighting was resolved well at the end and everyone was happy-so still ok for preschoolers :)

  8. FYI, I heard that Rango was not ok for little ones. there is supposedly lots of adult humor, cussing & my girlfriend wound up explaining to her 3 year old what french kissing was.
    xoxo, Sami


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