Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+
World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that though the pace is rollicking and sometimes chaotic, there are no dangerous or dark elements in this movie. Melodic music, fancy dancing, and cartoon segments will engage even the youngest viewers.
- Families can talk about if they get too busy sometimes to "go fly a kite." Why is it important to spend time together? What's your favorite kind of laugh? And can you make up your own very long, silly word?
- How does Mary Poppins get her messages across? What's easier to hear, a command or a song? How does Poppins get respect from others?
The good stuff
Educational value: Some of the songs have phrases which have become mainstream lore, as: "A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down."
Positive messages: Kindness to all people, whether rich or poor, is advocated. Also, the value of play, fun, and hard work is underscored by Poppins, as is the dignity and importance of children. However the fight for a woman's right to vote is shown in a somewhat frivolous light.
Positive role models: Mary Poppins is mysterious, firm, kind, and caring. She is the very picture of an independent woman. Even without her magical ways, she is the perfect nanny. Though Mr. Banks begins as an aloof father, he sees the errors of his ways and engages with his children in the end.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: One of the neighbors pretends to be in battle and fires canons from his rooftop -- it's loud and jolting, but no one gets hurt.
Sex: A little flirting and hand holding between Bert and Mary Poppins.
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Father drinks what looks like brandy. Minor characters smokes cigars.