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Parents need to know that Storks is an animated love letter to the realization that the time parents have to share with their children is brief, sweet, and to be cherished. There's plenty of peril: A large pack of wolves pursues key characters and threatens to eat them, a giant machine wreaks destruction, babies drop from great heights, jet packs go haywire, a homemade flying machine crashes at the precipice of a glacier, etc. But the suspenseful scenes are almost always resolved safely. The question of where babies come from is answered in a way that might confuse younger children (be prepared for questions afterward -- or during!). One main character is an orphan who's longed to find her family her whole life; at one point, her dear friend is upset when she talks about finding her "real family." There's a little bit of language ("butt," "heck"), some bodily function humor, and a couple of wink-wink moments between adult characters. Corporate greed and insensitivity are raised (and portrayed negatively), but overall, this is a clever, action-packed comedy with messages about teamwork, perseverance, and compassion. USER REVIEWS See all user reviews (42) PARENTS SAY See 29 parent reviewsage 8+ Review this title! KIDS SAY See 13 kid reviewsage 6+ Review this title! WHAT'S THE STORY? IS IT ANY GOOD? QUALITY This sweet family comedy was written and conceived by smart people who clearly know something about the project of raising children, in all its combined sweetness and bitterness. Storks is a hurricane of nonstop cartoon action, gags, and goofiness mixed with emotional sophistication that will appeal to both the young target audience and the adult sherpas who guide them safely to the theaters. That sense of protectiveness of our young is exactly the bell this movie sets out to ring, and it does so with intelligence, wit, and the right dose of silliness. Glaringly absent is any pretentiousness or condescension, and that's good news for both kids and parents. Samberg, Grammer, and Crown's voice talents are perfectly encouraged by co-directors Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. The latter was an animator on Toy Story, another great movie that authentically depicts a child's world; the animation in Storks is similarly impressive. (Watch a wolf pack collectively become a submarine on command.) And perhaps Stoller, who also co-wrote The Muppets and directed Neighbors, is responsible for the little observations that we scarcely notice in life but that resonate so strongly on the screen. (Watching enemies fight quietly so as not to wake a sleeping baby is one of the movie's funniest scenes.) A few hesitations: Storks deliver babies? This is a far more complex proposition for parents to explain away than cars that talk and toys that live secret lives while their owners are out of sight. And it's disturbing that, at the climactic moment, the villain is clearly threatening the lives of thousands of cooing babies in favor of corporate greed. With any luck, that dark realization will go right over the head of young viewers. Lastly, it's great that Nate's workaholic parents learn how much fun it can be to work a little less (a luxury for most working parents) and spend more time with their son. But the true lesson of parenthood is the realization that it's important to spend time with your children even during all those times when it's not that much fun. Bottom line? Storks blends strong messages with a fun story -- just be ready to talk about where babies come from. FAMILIES CAN TALK ABOUT... MOVIE DETAILS This review of Storks was written by Barbara Shulgas... Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. 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September 25, 2016 age 10+ What parents should know While the message of the film is worthy, I was disappointed that the directors felt the need to put in two moms, two dads and a single mom. This is supposed to be a kids movie, which should be free from confusing messages. Confusion may arise from the fact that babies aredelivered to two ... continue reading What other families should know Was this review useful? Helped me decide (152) Had useful details (127) Read my mind (82) Flag as inappropriate Parent Written byzonarocks22 October 7, 2016 age 5+ Fun movie for kids & parents My husband, I, and our 6-year-old daughter all enjoyed this movie. As the review indicates, there is little offensive about this film, barring some moments of peril which are brief and end comically. The main female character is smart, courageous, and funny. My daughter already knew t ... continue reading What other families should know Was this review useful? Helped me decide (45) Had useful details (50) Read my mind (78) Flag as inappropriate Teen, 14 years old Written by_dylan_ September 25, 2016 age 5+ Representing all types of families This was a great movie in my opinion, for those of all ages. There were moments that people of all ages could laugh at, including things such as joking remarks from a kid to his father that, "I'll be in college before you know it," and "You'll only be my biggest role model for another tw ... continue reading What other families should know Was this review useful? 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