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Christopher Robin | 2018 | PG | - 1.2.1

Based on the children's books by A.A. Milne: Winnie-the-Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) and his friends reunite with Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), who is now an adult and a hard-nosed efficiency expert. Sadly, their friend has lost his capacity for imagination and his stuffed animals want to help him find it again. Also with Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael and the voices of Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo and Sara Sheen. Directed by Marc Forster. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman kiss briefly three times. A man and a woman hug.
 A wife wearing a long dress has a bulging abdomen indicating pregnancy and we later see her with a three-year-old daughter.
 During closing credits, several seconds of grainy footage shows the human cast and crew at a beach and several women wear one-piece bathing suits (there's no cleavage); a few men wear swimming trunks.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A soldier goes to WWII and one scene includes a muffled explosion and a large fireball that engulfs a house; we hear men shouting and the first man returns home with his arm in a sling.
 An agitated man runs through dense fog in a forest, falls into a deep hole, hits his head and while unconscious, he dreams of swimming under water as an elephant grabs him with its trunk and a stuffed bear shouts a bubbling "Nooo!"; rain water fills the hole and the man wakes up and escapes. A man finds a stuffed donkey floating down a shallow stream, complaining that it will die going over a short waterfall; the donkey hits a rock but is undamaged and the man jumps into a foot of water to pull the animal out.
 A young girl hides in a trunk with stuffed animals in another trunk on the back of a truck; the second trunk falls off, but is dragged through streets by a cord, bouncing the animals and the truck drives erratically through a stand of milk bottles, which shatter with some breaking noises and the trunk lid opens and closes on the tail of a character, who screeches; the truck hits a pole and throws the animals onto a windshield that does not break (no injuries are shown). A stuffed donkey flips and falls headfirst in a bucket and a man pulls it out. Stuffed animals trip, fall, roll, tumble and land on their faces as they stop at the bottom of a hill on pavement (no injuries or damages occur); a young girl turns around, sees them and screams when they speak. A stuffed bear falls down a spiral staircase without damage. A gramophone bell falls on a stuffed bear's head and he is stuck until a man pulls it off.
 A man pretends to charge a Heffalump (elephant) with an umbrella and a broken weathervane, shouting, jumping, and running, and pretending to beat the unseen creature while a stuffed donkey makes loud elephant noises for sound effects. A stuffed animal accidentally kicks a stuffed owl in the head, temporarily causing crossed eyes. A stuffed bear tries to climb kitchen shelves, pulling them down, raising dust and broken dishes; we hear loud crashing and see dust rise.
 A teacher holds a long thick stick, slams it loudly onto the desk of a boy, and shouts at him. A man leans his hand on a suitcase prototype and his palm comes away brown, looking a little like feces; he argues with another man and demands that costs be cut by 20% and that the man should work all weekend. A cab driver screams as stuffed animals talk to him and he drives into a large newsstand, destroying it and scattering papers; a policeman and a man argue with the driver, who insists that toys talked to him. A man chases a stroller through a train depot, catches up, and berates the child in it for taking the man's talking bear; the child looks surprised. Papers blow out of a briefcase and a man dashes to collect them as he shouts hysterically.
 We hear that employees receive no vacations and they look harried and afraid. A man says to a stuffed bear that his boss will eat him for breakfast and the bear tells other animals that they must keep the boss from eating the man by saving some lost papers. A middle-aged manager says a younger employee has lost his marbles; the younger man criticizes the manager and an older man berates the manager and fires him. A man argues mildly with his wife and later, with his young daughter. A man argues loudly with a stuffed talking bear. An angry young girl swipes her school books and papers off a table and onto the floor. Talking toy animals fear their grownup friend and screech, calling him a Heffalump. A small toy animal whimpers and runs away.
 A stuffed bear crawls through a door in a tree in the woods and exits the back door into a city. In two scenes, a man and then the man and his family enter the front door in a city and exit the back door into the woods. A young girl picks up papers and takes a group of talking stuffed animals on a bicycle, a train, and a cab to find her father; she falls on stone steps and the papers float away in the wind (she is unharmed and looks sad). A man is seen to be irritable, sullen, and a workaholic.
 Stuffed animals gobble a large cake and make a mess on a picnic table, and then fall asleep in their plates. A jar of honey on a kitchen table falls over, covers a drawing, and crashes to the floor to break into pieces as we see glass shards thrown (no one is in the room). A stuffed bear spills honey at a picnic. A stuffed bear spills honey on a kitchen table, chair, and a floor. A stuffed bear steps in a plate of honey and tracks it through a house and over a rug.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 anatomical term, name-calling (mad, stupid, hoi poloi, disaster, Winslow, woozle, slinking little monster, bear of very little brain, father of very little brain), exclamations (oh blast, what in blue blazes, cripes, what the ..., muck about), 2 religious exclamations (e.g. Thank God, Good Heavens). | profanity glossary |


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man holds a wine glass that contains a liquid that looks like wine and he does not drink it.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Growing up, memories, childhood, the importance of play, talking toys, friendship, adventure, relationships, love, family, fun, joy, refreshing experiences, depression, paranoia/hearing voices, shyness, confidence, bosses who overwork employees.

MESSAGE - Family and friends are much more important than work.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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