The Spiderwick Chronicles parents guide

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Overall B+

When the Grace family is bequeathed the estate of their Great-Uncle Spiderwick, they inherit a lot more than just a ramshackle house in the country. Amongst the bric-a-brac young Jared (Freddie Highmore) finds a sealed book that reveals a world of mysterious, magical creatures --not all of whom are friendly.

Release date February 13, 2008

Violence C+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B+
Substance Use A-

Why is The Spiderwick Chronicles rated PG? The MPAA rated The Spiderwick Chronicles PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements.

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The Spiderwick Chronicles
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Why is The Spiderwick Chronicles rated PG? The Spiderwick Chronicles is rated PG by the MPAA for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements.

In the fantastical world that Arthur Spiderwick discovers there are various life forms, some are delicate fairies, others are comical critters, but most are quite frightening. The scary ones include sword-wielding toad-like goblins, spitting piggish hobgoblins (who eat live birds in a single swallow), a large lizard-shaped troll and a fearsome green ogre who can shape-change into human, bird, snake and reptile forms. Violent conflicts occur between the dark creatures and the Grace family involving death threats, chases, sword fights, and slashes from claws and weapons (a small amount of red human and green goblin blood are shown). A poisonous potion made of tomato sauce looks a little gory when it explodes all over a room rendering the enemy into little puddles of green goo. A monster is hit by a car and another loses three fingers when they are caught in a door. A human character is stabbed with a knife and another falls from a rooftop. A boy with anger issues vents his feelings by hitting inanimate objects, swatting his siblings and engaging in arguments. Mild profanities and terms of Deity are used as expletives. Slurs are made about people with mental illness. Divorce and infidelity are alluded to.

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The Spiderwick Chronicles
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence, May Frighten Young Children.
Alberta PG Frightening Scenes.
Manitoba G Frightening Scenes.-----
Ontario PG Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for Young Children
Quebec G Not recommended for young children.
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

The Spiderwick Chronicles is directed by and stars Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Joan Plowright,.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Spiderwick Chronicles movie is June 23, 2008. Here are some details…

The Spiderwick Chronicles releases to DVD and Blu-ray on June 24, 2008.

The Spiderwick Chronicles spins its web on DVD in full frame or widescreen presentations. Also available on Blu-ray disc, this version of the movie includes additional scenes, trailers, TV spots and featurettes (Spiderwick: It’s All True, It’s a Spiderwick World, Authur Spiderwick’s Field Guide, Meet The Clan, Mailing Spiderwick and A Final Word of Advice). Audio tracks are recorded in 5.1 Dolby Digital True HD (English, French and Spanish), with subtitles in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Freddie Highmore also starred in another film about a secret land of little people in the movie Arthur and the Invisibles. Siblings learn to overlook their differences and work together while playing a board game called Zathura, which suddenly flings the family into the far reaches of the universe. Many of the magical creatures depicted in this film (such as boggarts and griffins) can also be found in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.