Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 108 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 8+. Typical animated movie stuff: some bathroom humor and bullying, characters drinking Champagne at a party, a kiss between two characters, and some violence, including parents dying at sea, a group of hungry wolves, an angry snow monster, and a strong female character struggling to use her magical powers for good, rather than vengeance or killing. Also a little weird is how one of the film’s main female characters declares her independence—choosing to wear a very form-fitting, revealing gown, in a surprising bit of sexual suggestiveness.
In the long run, ‘Frozen’ shouldn’t be a Disney classic; it doesn’t reach the echelons of “The Lion King” or “Beauty and the Beast.” But it’s entertaining enough, and its message of female empowerment—though not flawlessly delivered—is respectable.
By Roxana Hadadi
In Disney’s quest to tap every fairytale and legend available for adaptation into a family-friendly animated flick, it delivers the seasonably appropriate “Frozen” right in time for Christmas. With practically no other animated films to compete against it, “Frozen” will undeniably clean up at the box office; lucky for audiences, though, that the film pushes against typical gender conventions and actually delivers some nice themes about female empowerment.