Written August 20, 2012
I saw this movie with my husband, and two kids ages 6, and 10. The movie was great it was full of witty humor, and had some sad twists. I did not see any parts in the movie that were anymore frightening then you would see in a nightmare before Christmas type of movie. The animation was really good. As far as the "gay" reference it is only about five seconds long at the very end and it is a comment made by one of the characters. Most kids would probably not even get it. My whole family loved this movie.
Written August 18, 2012
It was a cute movie but there were some parts too scary for my 5 and 2 year old. More suitable for maybe 8-10 year old. Also, some adult humor which made it enjoyable for the parents.
Written August 30, 2012
I was wary about taking my seven year old cousin to see this due to what some reviews have lead me to believe, but I'm very happy I did. Paranorman's story isn't about the zombies or the witches—it's about being different, and how that's okay.
It infuriates me that the same people who said how wonderful this was, teaching kids about how they should accept others for who they are, also complained about a character revealing he is gay in a one-liner at the end. Isn't that the entire point of the movie? He's gay, and that's who he is—people should accept that.
Kids are more impressionable, and if they learn that being gay is fine at a young age they'll group up confident in their own sexuality rather than feel pressured into heteronormality. So it's amazing that this movie, a children's movie, treated someone's homosexuality so casually. Because that's how it should be, and this movie tells you that you're wonderful how you are and never let anyone tell you otherwise.
Written July 30, 2014
Very cute movie. I took my 6 year old. There were a few scary parts for her, but other than that she liked it. Good for adults too.
Written October 01, 2014
Most movies of this type have some adult humor that goes over kids' heads but his one is straight for the teenage/adult crowd. Inappropriate language, innuendo and situations that, frankly, left me with my mouth open. Trust me, I'm no prude and I love a good raunchy film as much as the next person but not with my 5 & 6 year old children in attendance. Keep the little ones away from this one! It should have been PG13. I was kind of pissed afterwards...