Molly and the Mutant are committed adults who truly want the best for the children.  The relationship between Mr. Magorium and Molly is very touching and inspiring, and the dynamics between the ever-transforming Mutant and young Eric are what every kid no doubt wants in a father figure—involvement, creativity, love and friendship.

The problem with the movie is that it’s centered on the powers of magic, which should be discussed with kids as a faulty basis for belief, and the filmmakers do toss in a statement that really begs parental correction with the truth.  At one point Eric asks Mr. Magorium if he’s going to heaven, and the old man answers, “Yes, heaven … or Shangri La … I may even return as a bumblebee!”

Even young children can understand that other religions, especially Eastern religions and New Age philosophies, teach reincarnation, whereas the truth can always be found in God’s Word.  The Bible says that “it is appointed unto man once to die, and then the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).  We don’t come back as humans or animals, but we do get to live with God forever in a Kingdom that will never end.  What a far better deal than the bumblebee idea!

The other problem is that, like many other Hollywood offerings, this movie’s message is that it’s all about believing in yourself.  The truth, of course, is that it’s all about believing in the One who created us and in seeking His purpose for our lives.

Overall, the movie has clever humor, beautiful art direction, commendable acting, and tender relationship portrayals.  It does, however, lend itself to a marked need for family discussion on a few elements that, in some cases, are minor to the movie but may be important to your family’s worldview.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  None.
  • Language:  One mild obscenity (“crap”).
  • Sex/Nudity:  None.
  • Violence:  Fantasy violence, like giant ball chasing kid and pinning him against door.
  • Worldview:  Love and faith (in self and magic) will triumph over doubt and fear.  People might come back again after they die—even as animals, etc.