Children


Disney’s Christopher Robin


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Children
Runtime:
104 mins
Stars:
Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael
Director:
Marc Forster
Producer:
Brigham Taylor, Kristin Burr

Content at a Glance

1
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


a husband and wife share a kiss

Language


none.

Violence


a brief wwii sequence: no blood or onscreen death, some background injuries depicted; comic action

Drugs


none.

Nudity


none.

Other


none.


Trailer



Synopsis

An adult Christopher Robin, who is now focused on his new life, work, and family, suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns to his unforgotten childhood past to help him return to the Hundred Acre Woods and help find Pooh’s lost friends.


Movie Message

Behind me at the screening of Christopher Robin, a small girl would frequently commentate and dissect the film out loud. The film, which deals with an older, more career-driven Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) than the playful and peacekeeping one we know in A.A. Milne’s timeless tales, poses a lot of questions and confusion about adulthood to younger viewers. At one point, this girl asked, “Why doesn’t he just get a new job?”

 

That was the kind of line that would do anyone in. As adults, we accept and take for granted that this is a middle-aged man in pursuit of security and comfort for his family. But Christopher Robin isn’t really made for us adults, now is it? Well, maybe not the practical and hardened ones. Marc Forster’s film means to awaken in us all the purity of living life at its simplest and how that option’s door is never really closed.

 

Even for Christopher Robin, who seems to be too far gone having lost his father as a boy, having served in WWII, having married and fathered a child of his own, the door to the Hundred Acre Woods doesn’t close. It’s none other Pooh (continued to be voiced by Jim Cummings, never better) who coaxes Christopher out of his comforts to return back to not just the Woods, but to his wife and child (Hayley Atwell and Bronte Carmichael, respectively), those present in his life.

 

One thing the film communicates so very well, through a montage of images, is how little it takes for so much to be taken from children. It is startling to see onscreen how the immersion into adulthood by chance or even childhood trauma lead to this adult Christopher Robin. We can detest his pull towards practicality all we wish, but the older you are, the more likely you are able to strike an empathetic chord with Christopher, which is quite an achievement in the film.

 

While Forster’s narrative hand may feel a bit too heavy and melancholic at times for younger ones, there is still so much goodness to behold, not less than the performances─physical and vocal─from McGregor and Cummings. Together they play straight and humorous, respectively, and to make the film’s point about embracing the things that truly matter in life─family, friends, and quite simply, the time you spend─the actors do a fine job. Even at mild points when the film threatens to feel too “Disney-fied,” Christopher Robin keeps the door open and stays to its point.

 

We award Christopher Robin our approval for All Ages.

For All Ages

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