The Secret Life of Walter Mitty The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

ages 10+ | 83 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life's new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.


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Genre: Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Comedy drama , Family

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Rated PG Language|Action/Violence|Some Crude Comments

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  • 3 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Awesome movie from start to finish. Ben Stiller is great in it but what he did really, really well was his directing. The film is visually stunning and has some great shots and scenes. There is just the right amount of laughs, adventure, romance, and action in this film. It will make you want to go out and live life to the fullest and try something you have never done before. Easily one of my favorites of 2013.
    What I liked best about this film was it goes to show you can make a great movie and make it PG. It was pretty clean and I hope Hollywood notices that a good story and and good directors are what what make movies great, it is not the other garbage of trying to throw in sex and language, etc. It is totally worth seeing.

    5 Thanks ·
  • (Female)

    ages 12+ |

    Through Walter Mitty's journey, this movie brilliantly depicts the inner-personal journey one must take to realize their life's greatest goals. The character development was real, relatable and powerful. The cinematography was artistic and beautiful. The sound track was amazing. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of the best movies I have seen in 2013.

    4 Thanks ·
  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    It was wonderful. Simply wonderful. A fun story, told in an engaging way. It was shot beautifully. The relationship between Walter and Cheryl was actually developed throughout instead of rushed as it could have been. I just really loved it. PLUS, it's PG...the only things I remember were two uses of profanity (no F-bomb) and a guy drinking too much beer. Other than that, squeaky clean.

    Definitely recommend.

    3 Thanks ·
  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Sorry, I thought it was extremely boring.
    Needed more action and fun stuff.
    I would just as soon watch the Sun Set in the evening.

    2 Thanks ·
  • (Male) KSL Critic

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Great film. Not going to change the world, but just the inspiring and fun film to make this time of year even better. Now that I've seen it I think I need to learn how to longboard and update my passport.

    2 Thanks ·
  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Walter Mitty is fantastic in just about every way. The music is phenomenal and flows with the beautiful cinematography. The content is innocent and fun. It's creative and imaginative. This is the type movie that makes you want to try new things but also appreciate the simple moments in life. Ultimately, it helps you see the details of how great things come to be. It's inspiring, entertaining, and humorous. There is some extraordinary character development. Walter Mitty leaves nothing to be desired, it delivers on all ends.

    One of my favorite films of the year! I'll buy it when it comes out. The quintessential Ben Stiller film!

    2 Thanks ·
  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Why waste your time watching someone else's boring life? Life is full....go live it!

    1 Thank ·
  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Not Worth Your Time

    All of the greatest scenes (especially action scenes) are shown in the trailer. I thought it was really slow moving. It might be worth a dollar movie, but not full price. There are better uses of your time.

    1 Thank ·
  • (Female)

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    I absolutely loved this movie. I thought it was beautifully done and entertaining. There was plenty of humor, emotion, and it was overall inspiring. It has an amazing soundtrack. Well don, Ben Stiller. Very well done.

    1 Thank ·
  • (Male)

    ages 8+ |

    Very slow. Weak story line. Not engaging. I rarely can say I regret spending my time watching a movie, but this was one I truly considered not worth my time. Yet, the theater was full. I walked out at the end shaking my head and wondering why are all these people here? Am I that out of step? It's pretty bad when I'm thinking I could have been home starting on my taxes.

    1 Thank ·
  • (Male) Standard Examiner

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    What a beautifully scripted fantasy of a nobody who braves his fears and, with some properly adorable inspiration, discovers the joys of the life he’s been so sorely missing.

    And it’s a subdued Ben Stiller who both guides and stars in this heartwarming gem that is a shining beacon in a sea of depressing seasonal movies. So that’s a good thing, right?

    Take the family. You’ll be glad you did... See Full Review

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  • (Female)

    ages 8+ |

    Movie Title: The Secret life of Walter Mitty

    Grade: A-

    In a Nutshell: We’re all a little bit like Walter Mitty, imagining ourselves doing great things while reality jails us in some dull cubicle to eek out a living. In this fresh remake (the 1947 version starred the lovable Danny Kaye), Walter Mitty is, ironically, a “negative asset manager” for LIFE magazine who daydreams about heroism and romance, but lives an uninspired life. Because he hasn’t done anything “noteworthy or mentionable”, he can’t seem to catch the eye of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) until...
    I remember reading this James Thurber’s short story in middle school and began drafting my very first “Bucket List.”

    Uplifting theme: Stop dreaming. Start living. I took my family to see this comedy directed by Ben Stiller and asked my kids what they thought. One of my sons said “Motivated.” I prompted “Motivated to do what?” “More.” Another son chimed in “Motivated to do more instead of read about it on blogs.” The magazine Walter Mitty works for is, appropriately, LIFE. Now, go out there and use your passport.

    Things I liked: Gorgeous cinematography! Inspiring visions. Some of the biggest moments of the film were the ones that featured simple joys. The subtle humor had my husband’s contagious laughter fill the theater. Ben Stiller is the king of awkward moments. The 1947 film portrayed an overbearing mother, but in this version the lovely Shirley MacLaine brings to life a supportive, but aging mom who unintentionally brings out the best in her son.

    For the younger generation who never had the pleasure of reading LIFE from 1936-1972, it was the photojournalism magazine that introduced us to places all over the world. Its motto, spotlighted in the movie was: “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

    Things I didn’t like: Walter Mitty is in really good shape on that skateboard, considering he was supposed to have been working in a dark photography office for 17 years. I know, as if the rest of the film was entirely believable. The great cell phone reception on the mountain top of the Himalayas provided some laughter from the audience.

    Funny line: “I have that Benjamin Button thing.”

    Things to look for: Read all of the signs on streets, walls, and even mountains during the film for insightful narration. You won’t see Stiller’s famous “Blue Steel” humor, but a solid dramatic performance that is endearing.

    Tips for parents: Rated PG! There are some intoxicated guys in a bar drinking REALLY LARGE glasses. A couple of “mild” swear words. A funny Ben Stiller movie with no F-bombs and crude humor…a refreshing relief. It was a nice change to see Kristen Wiig and Sean Penn with clean characters as well. Your family will enjoy the thrilling action scenes and peaceful moments of reflection.

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  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a great film. Better than I had expected. The story was told in a beautiful way and I left feeling uplifted. I highly recommend it.

    1 Thank ·
  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    I found this to be a delightful, funny, entertaining film. It has a bit of a message about breaking out of one's comfort zone to find some adventure and joy in life. I found little that would be offensive for families with young children, except a "strong" word or two. But it might not be appreciated by kids under 12.

  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    At times abstract, at times nonsensical but always warm, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a beautiful film that balances humor and inspiration. Ben Stiller is terrific, as usual. It's a movie that could keep an entire family engaged. Unfortunately, it falls just short of a "family-friendly" label with some scattered profanities and vulgar references.

  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. If you're a fan of movies such as "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Perks of Being a Wallflower" chances are you'll really enjoy this movie.

    I didn't notice any inappropriate content at all. It also has a superb soundtrack.

  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    I am a huge fan of Danny Kaye's 1947 film of the same name and was wary of Ben Stiller doing it justice. He did not disappoint!! It was a totally different take on the story but absolutely brilliant! No sex or uncomfortable situations of any kind; only a few inappropriate words (but not exactly profane). The cinematography was beautiful as well. A very pleasant surprise indeed! I will be adding this to my personal collection.

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Someone sat down one day and said "Let's make an incredibly slow-paced, absolutely boring movie and use it to sledgehammer a message into people as obviously as possible" and the result was The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
    Several people I know said this movie was wonderful, so I actually bought it on Amazon Instant last night and started watching it. I was so bored and disinterested that by the time Mitty was in Greenland I turned it off. I'm kind of mad I wasted the $15 ... not because of the $15, but because this movie doesn't deserve even $1. It's horrid. Don't waste your time.

  • (Male)

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    I thought the movie was good.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    I liked the idea behind the show but it just didn't click. Had to suspend my disbelief.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ |

    You see it all in the preview. It did make me want to get off the internet and get out of my head and my phone and computer and just go be in nature. Actually DO instead of think about it or imagine it. Love story was kind of weird and left me wondering, but what movie doesn't? Good dollar flick.

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Great film. By the end of the movie I felt really satisfied and adventurous. The beginning of the show was pretty slow but the random action scenes made it really enjoyable.

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    For my family and I the original movie with Danny Kaye is one of our favorites. Danny Kaye was a very unique talent, he could sing, dance, act and was a comedian. The original movie was designed around his many talents. He too is a day dreamer becoming the real hero in the end. I would recommend the original if you like Danny Kaye.

    So I went into this movie with some low expectations because how much we love the original film. Well, I really liked this movie. It is very different from the original, really the only thing that is similar is the day dreaming part. Ben Stiller was a great Walter Mitty. He is completely different from Danny Kaye. The story was very sweet. The cinematography was amazing, especially the scenes in Iceland. The sound track was a prefect match with the scenes and stories. The ending sealed the deal on the movie and made it a great movie for me. With it's PG rating which you do not see very often for non-animated movies it really had no issues. I would highly recommend this movie.

  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    I liked it. Not so fascinating as I expected based on reviews, but very nice to spend a family evening by watching this movie. Still recommend it to others.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    I have seen this flick twice now, because after watching it the first time I could not stop thinking about it. It is filled with many moments where cinematography, music and acting blend together perfectly to give me the chills. I loved the overall feeling of appreciation that it left me with, as well as the strong desires of creating my own real adventures in life instead of figments in my imagination. In my opinion, it was the best film I saw during 2013 and I will definitely be buying it when it comes out.

    Parent's note: there is a physical altercation including fists and elbows that doesn't last long. There is also two or three swear words in it. It moves at a fairly slow pace so I doubt young children will love it.

  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    The only word I can use to describe The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is brilliant. This movie had beautiful scenery and a fantastic cast, but perhaps the best part of the movie was the story itself. This movie does a great job of portraying a deep yet relatable story in a way that was immensely entertaining. Go to this movie expecting to be inspired to go live your life, to talk to the girl and take the trip.

  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    at first I had no desire to watch this movie as the previews made it seem quite dull. After seeing it I was amazed at how good the movie and story line was. A feel good movie that made me feel joy when it was over.

  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Amazing movie! I really liked watching Ben Stiller in another serious, realistic role. The scenery was incredible, it's like I was traveling with him to Iceland, Greenland, the Himalayas...super awesome photography. Several messages can be drawn from the plot, the fact that Mitty finally finds some motivation in life, acting on his dreams instead of zoning out and not doing anything about them. This adventure is a major disruption to his routine job at the magazine. Sometimes change is needed to ignite the fire in people, which it did in this case. It all depends on how people approach change. It shows how dedicated he was to his job, willing to go to the end of the world for that final photo. My favorite part was the time he spent with Sean Penn. He was outstanding in his role!!! I liked the lessons that he teaches Mitty, beautiful things don't need the spotlight. Also the fact that he sometimes found things that were so beautiful and breath taking, moments that were so incredible that he wouldn't let the camera distract him from enjoying that moment. This talks about finding joy in the beauty of simple things. We can spend our lives mindlessly striving for goals without stopping and enjoying the roses in ordinary, everyday moments that really make LIFE . Definitely worth seeing, many of the stunts are unrealistic, but the overall message took me away from eating at them :)

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    James Thurber would punch Stiller in the nose for this movie.

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Turning to the new version, helmed by and starring Ben Stiller, it's hard to say what we have. This strange blend of comedy, drama and travelogue is, by turns, claustrophobic and sprawling, puerile and sweetly emotional. Early scenes showcase humor about awkward workplace situations and executive bullies; later ones present a serious study in self-realization... See Full Review

  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    What I enjoyed most about the remake is the way it celebrates the wisdom of age, and places people above technology. Like the photographic film it enshrines, the story tries to capture the shadow of a disappearing way of life, as seen through Mitty’s rose-colored glasses... See Full Review

  • MovieGuide.org

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    The music and the visuals in WALTER MITTY are wonderful. However, Mitty’s transition from being fearful to being adventurous is too sudden. Thus, the movie needs better character development. THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY also has some brief crude content, so caution is advised... See Full Review

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    There are moments of true exhilaration and the end has an unexpected sweetness. If you’ve been daydreaming about a great film for the family to enjoy together over the holidays, take them on a journey to see this one at your local theater... See Full Review

  • (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    It’s a charming, whimsical and ever-so-slight film, a bit of an over-reach but pleasant enough, even when it falls short... See Full Review

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Stiller, who directs and stars in Mitty, has loosely based his film on the story and given it a contemporary setting. But by trying to combine fantasy and romance with goofy humor, globe-trotting adventure and feel-good inspiration, Stiller has made Mitty a mixed bag of clashing tones and facile redemption... See Full Review


Okfor ages12+