Written August 25, 2012
This film should have been rated PG-13 for violence, horror, and language. It's really too much for young children. Within the first ten minutes, a highly-sexualized teenage girl character calls another character a "Jack-Ass". You could hear the gasps in the theater from other parents like me, who'd brought kids aged 6-8 to see this. As the film developed, this teenage girl is practically throwing herself at the teenage boy character - who spends most of the film without a shirt on, showing off his six-pack abs. (Warning: Spoilers to come) The premise of the film is that a bunch of 18th century people (now zombies) sentenced an 11-year old girl to death, and killed her - causing her to be an evil "witch". The last third of the film is VERY scary to small children, as the witch attempts to destroy everyone. At the end of the film, the teenage boy is revealed to be gay with a boyfriend. Unnecessary and difficult to explain to a child, not to say inappropriate in a child's film.
Written August 27, 2012
Maybe its just me but it seems more and more "childrens" movies have adult themes. ParaNorman was a good movie and was funny but my children didn't quite get all of it. My son is 11 and has Down Syndrome. He didn't really get it and wanted to go home about 3/4 of the way through the movie. My 9 year old daughter liked it but asked a lot of questions about the movie afterward. There are humor references that kids absolutely won't get and the subject matter of the film is quite heavy for kids but... It is a good film. If you are expecting a light hearted kids film, it is not really that. The 3D looks fabulous. I think it is meant more for adults but can be enjoyed by kids.
Written July 25, 2014
Adorable take on a boy with a sixth-sense, his relationship with his family, the bullies at school, and the zombies he is tasked to help. He wins at every juncture.
Written September 05, 2012
I loved it but my seven and nine year old kids thought it was too scary. They were also upset to hear the story behind the witch girl.
Written September 04, 2012
I love, love, loved this movie. Not too scary for all but the youngest set and brings out the point that not everyone is the same and that is a good thing. It was nice that two outcasts became friends and the older sister did acknowledge her younger brother had some good qualities.