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Movie Review: 'Pete's Dragon' (2016)

Parents need to know that "Pete's Dragon" is a delightful remake of Disney's 1977 live-action/animated classic. It's a throwback to Disney movies of the past: wholesome, sweet, fun and exciting. That said, the "exciting" part includes plenty of peril and danger, as well as some sad moments. Pete is 5 when he's in a terrible car accident that leaves him orphaned and abandoned in the woods, which could definitely upset younger or more sensitive kids. But sweet, furry dragon Elliot takes care of Pete for several years — until loggers threaten the wilderness and their home. Expect some tense chases and disturbing scenes when hunters go after Elliot (a gun is pointed at him in one scene), and it appears he's dead. There are also a couple of mildly crude jokes. Mostly, though, this is a sweet film about love, friendship, finding family in unexpected places, appreciating nature and opening yourself up to believing in magic. It also has clear themes of courage, empathy and perseverance.

Rated: PG

Running Time: 102 minutes

Read the full review on Common Sense Media.

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