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Life of Pi - is it really a children's film?

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joanofarchitrave Thu 27-Dec-12 21:52:00

My inlaws have offered to take us all to see it, including ds who is 8 and inclined to develop 'fears' very easily (so am I). He has picked up a fear of shipwreck from me already.

I'm amazed to see it's a PG, but though i loved the book I thought it was pretty adult in its themes and I'm inclined to say no. Am I restricting ds from a wonderful cinematic experience? The other option is The Hobbit which will involve my temporary death from boredom which sounds more suitable to me.

MrsSham Thu 07-Mar-13 14:36:44

My dd 6 loved it, she found it very engaging and followed it well, she does not scare easily and is not easily upset. I did however advice my sister it would not be suitable for her son who does get upset easily. Probably depends on the child.

MikeandLor Thu 07-Mar-13 14:19:24

We loved the book and thought the film was beautiful - but whether or not it is good for children depends on the child a bit. It isn't a 'childrens' film. It's not made for children, but there isn't too much in it that would be unsuitable for children - except some animal violence. I know of a 7 year old who liked the film but was upset but the parts where animals attack each other and Richard Parker the Tiger bursts out.

Mostly I think children under 8 would find it rather dull.

In terms of checking out the content of films before seeing them, I don't wish to 'spam' Mumsnet but if anyone is interested I run a small website with my wife called which highlights the parts of films that may be unsuitable for certain children. We try to make a bit more of an entertaining read than the IMDB thing - which is rather minimalistic and doesn't explain context very well we think.

Anyone, if nothing else read the book. It's a fantastic novel!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 13-Jan-13 17:11:33

Just got back after going with dd who's nearly 12 to see it. She came out in tears, said I've wasted her weekend by taking her to see it. She's upstairs still sobbing though denies she's crying about the film still.

There were much younger kids there and it was all obviously way over their heads. Two kids who looked 4 or 5 near us, one of whom talked most of the way through. The other one screamed all the way through, cried hysterically, sang a song loudly at times and stood on his seat bouncing up and down. angry

I loved it!

WildThong Sat 12-Jan-13 20:23:50

Definitely not for younger children. I took my ds14 and he enjoyed both the beautiful cinematography and the story but even he was a wee bit shock in places

Glossynotflossy Sat 12-Jan-13 20:15:26

I went and saw it and enjoyed it however what put a dampener on it was a child who coyldnt follow the naratibve ans qas asking tons of questions
food for thought.

CometAndCupid Sun 06-Jan-13 08:51:24

I realise this thread is now pretty old but is a really good way of checking if films are too much for little ones.

Oodhousekeeping Sat 05-Jan-13 19:39:57

Dh said they've loads of children being taken out at his cinema. Keeps asking me why parents don't find out what a film is about before they go.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sat 05-Jan-13 19:28:54

Just because something has a PG certificate, it doesn't make it a children's film. There is no way this is a children's story.

HappyNewBleurgh Wed 02-Jan-13 13:29:58

Is it better than the book? I couldn't get on with the book at all.

minxthemanx Wed 02-Jan-13 13:28:46

Totally agree - Life of Pi is not a children's film. Older (10+) might appreciate the beauty and cinematography, and cope with the unpleasant ends met by the animals, but def not for young children. Very profound, lots of spirituality. People behind us had also taken 2 young DC who talked, kicked and giggled all the way through as they didn;t understand it.

Onezerozero Mon 31-Dec-12 23:28:48

Wait though! I read something here the other week about the hobbit not being suitable for 8 year olds either! Very violent and much too long apparently.

joanofarchitrave Mon 31-Dec-12 23:14:54

I hate saying no to the inlaws - this is really helpful. Thank you.

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Mon 31-Dec-12 23:08:34

Oops. Sorry.

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Mon 31-Dec-12 23:08:21

Kids behind us got upset and had to leave for a bit. Then spent the rest of it asking ' why ' ' what'. It was absolutely not suitable for them.

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Mon 31-Dec-12 23:07:08

Kids behind us got upset and had to leave for a bit. Then spent the rest of it asking ' why ' ' what'. It was absolutely not suitable for them.

FelicityWasSanta Mon 31-Dec-12 23:07:06

Bloody hell no. I'm a wimp but I cried and haven't looked at the cat in quite the same way since and while it is cinematically beautiful I didn't like the story and didnt enjoy the film. The message is deep and morally suspect.

I wouldn't take a child, especially not a sensitive one.

Selks Mon 31-Dec-12 23:03:14

Oh yes, I forgot - those children actually screamed when the tiger was being vicious and scary. Poor kids angry

Selks Mon 31-Dec-12 23:00:38

Fine for 11 plus, but not for younger kids - it's all about death, life and God, very deep and sad and scary in places.

I saw it on sunday and was amazed that people in the next row had two very small (4 or 5 yrs) children with them who cried in the bits where animals died and cried in the scary bits (various near-drowning scenes) and talked all the way through the rest of it as they couldn't understand what was happening. Bloody selfish parents.

lottiegarbanzo Mon 31-Dec-12 22:55:51

It isn't a children's book, why would it be a children's film?

CometAndCupid Mon 31-Dec-12 22:39:50

I'd be careful with the hobbit too, some bits would be scary for a young child. I think it may bore them senseless too, I'm a massive fan and even I struggled a bit at nearly 3 hours.

incogneetow Mon 31-Dec-12 22:31:52

The beginning is quite slow: children would be bored.
Just because its a PG doesn't mean it's suitable for children.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Mon 31-Dec-12 22:13:33

Just because a film is a PG doesn't mean it's a children's film.

I think an 8 year old would find it very slow in parts.

SooFrustrated Mon 31-Dec-12 22:11:24

Took DC tonight 10 & 12, they enjoyed it though there were times 10 yr old hid behind her jacket.

I wouldn't take a child under 10 - although there were little ones about 5 or 6 behind us.

Chocberry Mon 31-Dec-12 21:58:18

My 11 yr old ds was scared in parts!

cumfy Sun 30-Dec-12 14:53:51

The book is very metaphorical, and I'm not sure a lot of 16 year olds would appreciate it.

Haven't seen the film, but am planning to go.

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