Ridley Hamill
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can You Take Your (Little) Kids to “STAR WARS: The Last Jedi?”

Look, I’m not going to bother writing a summary of STAR WARS: The Last Jedi. I can’t imagine that anyone wants to know what happens before seeing this movie and there are far too many chances for spoilers. Let’s just say that Rey and Finn once again try to save the rebellion and that Kylo Ren is once again grouchy.
Is that good enough?
Your main question (and the reason you’re HERE) is to find out if you can take young kids, right?
Older kids who have seen all the other STAR WARS movies already have their tickets while really little kids probably don’t care at all (take them to see Ferdinand).
I’m talking about those in-betweeners, ages 5 to about 11, who could go either way.
Will they like STAR WARS: The Last Jedi or will they be cowering under their seats the whole time? Or even worse, will they be bored to the point of tears?
Writer/Director Rian Johnson has taken a page from STAR WARS Episodes 1-3 and introduces loads of bizarre animals and aliens to The Last Jedi. While this might be a drag for STAR WARS purists, it definitely makes for a more kid-friendly film. The first hour might confuse little ones with some twisted story-lines (especially Finn’s, which I’m still not sure I fully understand) but they will be compensated with strange sea-creatures, horse-sized cat-things, and of course, Porgs. Young kids will also appreciate Poe Dameron, who has taken a comedic turn and is more like Star Lord in this STAR WARS.
The second half of STAR WARS: The Last Jedi (it’s 2.5 hours long, which might be too much for younger viewers) takes a serious turn, but the intensity should be enough to keep kids interested. The story lines are also easier to follow and far more satisfying. Of course, any viewer will benefit from knowing the prior stories and showing the earlier films (especially The Force Awakens) will help gauge your youngster’s interest.
STAR WARS: The Last Jedi IS violent, with countless battles scenes and light-saber fights, but there’s little blood-shed. It’s PG-13 rating also allows for some mild four-letter-words, but probably nothing worse than what kids hear when Mom stubs her toe.
I am a parent who likes to share movies with their kids, especially films that have been important to me throughout my life. There are few franchises that have impacted me the way the STAR WARS films have and I’m happy to say that The Last Jedi, though distracting in the onset, eventually turns into a wonderful addition to the series.
And I, for one, can’t WAIT to take my kids! (A-)

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  1. Thanks for the honest review! I am a bit excited too. I want to tell dad to slide over for this one, but don’t want to rain on dad/son bonding. Maybe I will just have to make it a date with my girls 😉

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