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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story for girls, October 28, 2012
This review is from: Brave (Three-Disc Collector's Edition: Blu-ray / DVD) (Blu-ray)
I've read some of the bad reviews, and they seem focused on a few things: 1) Scary scenes, 2) Nudity, 3) Lack of romance. Well, my three year old is super brave so I do agree that a lot of sensitive littles may have an issue with the movie, but it's not really an issue in our household. Nudity? Well, that's kind of laughable as it's an animated movie. I guess some people would rather hear fart humor and characters calling each other jackass ("Shrek"), and if that's you then skip this one, but it's really just two quick scenes and not in a scandalous way. And about that lack of romance... one of the reasons I love this movie for my daughter is the lack of romance for the main character. In fact, the whole plot is about teenager Merida trying to change her "fate" which is to get married before she's ready. She passionately pleads during one speech to the parents of her suitors to let their children decide when they are ready for marriage and to choose their own spouses. This is beyond refreshing after decades of Disney princess schlock where the all too young princess gets into a scrape and must be rescued by a man and then lives "happily ever after". Also, I found the romantic sparks between Merida's parents to be pretty sweet.

If you're raising an independent daughter you want to think for herself and not think girls are meant to be saved by boyfriends, don't skip this movie. (If she's sensitive and scares easily, wait until she's at least school age, though.)
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 7:59:45 AM PST
J. Kiernan says:
Perfect review! Both my girls (4&5) are on the sensitive side, but once they get the concept of the story they're fine. I love that it's not a love story too. And the "nudity" scences would make anyone laugh.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 4:28:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 4:29:07 PM PST
Sophiasmomma says:
You sum it up perfectly! I took my daughter when it first came out. She had just turned 4 and she loved it. A few of the scenes had her sitting on my lap, but it wasn't more than maybe 10 minutes of the movie and she really loved the rest. In fact, it's first on her Hanukkah list!

It's my favorite Disney princess movie, hands down, because of the lack of romance! I think a strong, passionate, BRAVE young lady is exactly the right kind of role model for MY strong, passionate, and brave young lady. :)

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:28:02 AM PST
Technoboy says:
Nice review. My daughter is 4, very smart and is like a little tank. I think this will be perfect for her!

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:30:08 AM PST
JustMeDawn says:
If you love this movie, you should buy the book "The Paper bag Princess". Best book ever written for little girls and by boys (now 11 & 13) still love it. Girls ARE brave, smart AND can take care of themselves :)

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 2:38:18 PM PST
J. Rucinski says:
Love this review. Thank you for sharing it.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 5:14:26 AM PST
D & A says:
This reviewer doesn't seem to be aware that this movie teaches children to disregard parental authority. Perhaps this is why so many parents believe it's normal to have your teenagers rolling their eyes at you and generally making your life miserable.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 11:23:18 AM PST
Ojala says:
I agree, but it did have too way too much "Three Stooges" style violence in it. Nudity was nothing, lack of romance refreshing. Storyline okay. However, the writers seem to know little of true Scots and I was quite annoyed with that, however, I was thrilled with the authentic Highland scenes, they actually used real places from the Highlands which was nice. I think this should be geared to 12 and up though. I thought it was very inappropriate for preschool to third grade. I see a lot of parents with young kids posting, very inappropriate, if this is the most wholesome movie out there, no wonder Americans are so violent.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 11:27:55 AM PST
Ojala says:
I think this is too violent for a four and five year old. If this is wholesome, no wonder the US has a problem with violence and bullying. Psychological trauma... Young brains are not yet developed for this. I loves the scenery and the rebellious character though, but wait til your girls are older, they have plenty of time. Why make them grow up so soon?

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 3:01:01 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 1:25:38 PM PST
batty13 says:
The US has a problem with violence and bullying because at a very early age they are told not to tattle and ignored when they do. Then they wonder why years later they don't tell anyone when those kids reach middle and high school. This has nothing to do with Disney animation however.
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