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Still shot from the movie: Toy Story 3.

Toy Story 3

It is a toy's worst nightmare to be discarded by his or her owner (as we learned in Toy Story 2). And Woody and Buzz Lightyear (voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen) are about to go through this rude awakening when a college-aged Andy heads off to school and the pair, along with the rest of his playthings, are donated to a day care center. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 103
Theater Release: 18 Jun 2010
Video Release: 02 Nov 2010
MPAA Rating: G
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NC Mom says: Jul. 06, 2010

Your review is pretty close to my own, but I would give it even lower marks for violence.  My teenagers liked this movie.  My husband and I found ourselves laughing at parts of it and cringing at others. My younger daughter found it very disturbing.  The violence the children at the daycare center inflict on the toys, that over the course of the other movies have become more like friends; the separation issues, the prison-like setting with scenes reminiscent of the Shawshank Redemption and the multiple violent deaths these friends all faced at the landfill were disturbing. Big Baby was so creepy, my 16 year old calls it the “Chucky” doll. The small children in the theater when we saw the movie, all left in stunned silence.  One little boy was crying uncontrollably.  My youngest daughter told us that she does not want to get this movie on DVD, or netflix, or see it during the free summer movies in the future.  It is not a children’s movie.  The animation was great and the references to other action/adventure/horror movies were funny for adults and teens.  You are right, I am not sure how it got a G rating.

mrsvn says: Jul. 11, 2010

Donna G’s review was accurate, although understated.  I read this review after my son (5.5 yrs) became very upset seeing TS3.  Had I read the review, I would have thought it was just the typical Toy Story shenanigans.  This movie should have been rated PG.  We actually chose to see Toy Story 3 instead of Despicable Me because of the crude humor in DM… Hindsight being 20/20, I’d prefer crude to terrifying any day. 

“dark scenes with *scary music* - The music set an overly frightening tone. Was the intended effect for TS3 to be a childrens horror movie??

“Some characters are *frightening looking*, including an *evil cymbal-clapping monkey*” - This monkey made my son cringe, cry, and actually scream once.  After his appearance, I had to hold him through the rest of the movie and shield his eyes when the monkey was in following scenes. 

“at a *landfill*, characters are about to be *shredded* and then *burned*, creating a *very intense scene*.” - Very intense is an understatement.  My children see these toys as living people.  They thought Woody & crew were about to be MURDERED!  My son had a very difficult time understanding why the purple bear wanted to KILL the others! 

“*Separation between characters* may also be emotionally troubling for young children.” - While this was the least frightening, my son seem tense when he knew that all the toys were in peril (at the day care and at the landfill), but they were being separated from each other.  Example: Mr. Potato Head going into the <sand>box twice, Buzz being turned “bad” when put on demo mode, the toys going out in the trash TWO times, etc.

Shall we also not forget that Buzz was kidnapped?  That was frightening. 

Until I saw the movie, I was confused as to why the theater (which was not full at all) had disproportionately more adults than children… many adult couples went.  After seeing the movie, I realize why… it’s NOT a CHILDREN’S movie, it’s an ADULT movie. 

My rating: PG or PG-13

jk1221 says: Aug. 10, 2010

Although I agree with Ms. Gustafson, I find her violence rating of a B- to be too mild.  As mrsvn says, this movie was not for children.  My 6 y/o daughter was sobbing at the end of the movie.  As was stated earlier, I don’t know how this movie got a G rating.  What were they thinking?  Young children that go to G rated movies take things literally, everyone knows that.  The children do think of the characters as being human in nature.  I was completely disappointed in what could have been a great kids movie.  If they wanted to play to the older crowd because of the two previous Toy Story movies, that would be fine…but, don’t drag in the little ones with a G movie rating. Pixar blew this one!

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