Directors: Gore Verbinski
Rated: PG for action and some language
Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina, Abigail Breslin
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Common Sense Media rating: 8+
Moviefone Mama Says: One of the most unique animated films since last year's 'How to Train Your Dragon.' This tribute to Westerns is gorgeously shot, perfectly acted (oh, that Johnny Depp), and simply fantastic. It isn't your typical pre-school friendly family flick. Rango is a chameleon looking for a place to call home. He wanders around the desert town of Dirt trying to figure out who he is, where he belongs, and how to account for all the lies he's told the residents of Dirt, including the brassy, independent lizard Beans (Isla Fisher). There's a lot of philosophical musing in this movie, and it will certainly go over kids' heads. But if you have older elementary-schoolers and want to see a sophisticated animated Western, 'Rango' is a must-see.
categories Family Film Guide