Bridge to Terabithia
Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
Better than Average
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
1 hr. 36 min.
Year of Release:
February 16, 2007 (wide)
Why should Christians go to church? How important is it? Answer
Is there an actual place called “Hell”? Answer
Why was Hell made? Answer
Is there anyone in Hell today? Answer
Will there literally be a burning fire in Hell? Answer
What should you be willing to do to stay out of Hell? Answer
How can a God of love send anybody to Hell? Answer
What if I don’t believe in Hell? Answer
The Good News—How to be saved from Hell. Answer
“Discover a place that will never leave you, and a friendship that will change you forever.”
“Bridge To Terabithia” is very true to Katherine Paterson’s Newbury-award-winning novel. It is also very true to life when you’re a middle schooler dealing with school bullies and stressed-out parents struggling to make ends meet. Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) is that kid who just doesn’t seem to fit in at school or even in his own family. Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) is the new girl at school who develops a fast friendship with Jess, and together they invent an imaginary fantasy world called Terabithia. This movie deals with many issues young people may face—the trial of riding on the school bus with bullies, putting up with them in class all day, and having parents who, because of their preoccupation with financial stress and a large family, cannot understand their sensitive son. Jess is the poor “farm boy” and Leslie is the advantaged only-child of the writers who live in the nice big house down the road. Jess is from the church-going family of Believers, Leslie has not been expo
Terabithia is from the producers of “The Chronicles of Narnia,” but this is no Narnia. In Narnia the fantasy reigns throughout the whole story, in Terabithia it is really just a small part of the realistic story when Jess and Leslie unleash their imaginations. There are some special effects, and they are wonderful, but they occupy only a part of the movie.
Things I did not like in this film that parents should know (I am writing this from a mother’s perspective)—
Despite the things I might not have liked about this movie, it is a very good story for the entire family, and gives parents many things to discuss with their children. I am glad I took my daughter with me, she loved it, though afterwards we did discuss how Christians were portrayed. As a mother and homeschooler, I don’t think parents should be afraid to take their children to this movie and anything you may find objectionable can be discussed afterward. It would also be a good youth group activity, and would be followed by lively discussion I’m sure.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: None
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
“This is a film which clearly needs to be examined or inquired into by parents before they let their children attend. The label PG plainly states that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, but the parent must make the decision. Parents are warned against sending their children, unseen and without inquiry, to PG-rated movies. The theme of a PG-rated film may itself call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity in these films. There may be some violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated film. The PG rating, suggesting parental guidance, is thus an alert for examination of a film by parents before deciding on its viewing by their children. Obviously such a line is difficult to draw. In our pluralistic society it is not easy to make judgments without incurring some disagreement. So long as parents know they must exercise parental responsibility, the rating serves as a meaningful guide and as a warning.” (end of MPAA quote)