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Still shot from the movie: The Secret World of Arrietty.

The Secret World of Arrietty

A tiny family dwells beneath the floorboards of a suburban home, unbeknownst to the big people who also live there. That is until Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler) is accidentally seen. Although twelve-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie) is delighted to become a secret friend, his knowledge of her existence threatens the safety of all the little people. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 17 Feb 2012
Video Release: 22 May 2012
MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Are the tiny characters in this story borrowing or stealing? Is there a difference? What is it? The movie often tells audience members that the Borrowers are only taking what they need. What is the definition of need? Are the things they have taken to beautify their home truly a need? Could the justification the family uses to explain their actions be used by someone who might “need” to take something belonging to you?

How do the different Big People respond to the Little People in this story? Why is Hara the housemaid so eager to expose them? Does the story give any reason for her feelings about Arrietty and her family?

How do common household objects become threatening obstacles for the tiny family? Would you like to live in the miniature world of the Borrowers? If you were one of them, what kind of things would you borrow?

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