Tangled

 

Walt Disney Studios

 

Rating: PG

 

Reason for the Rating: Brief mild violence.

 

Plot Summary: Hidden away for the past 18 years, Princess Rapunzel escapes from her tower, aided by a charming thief and a large white horse.

 

PopFam Recommends: With amazing CG animation and light-hearted fun, this is a great movie for the family to see. Boys and girls will both love the hilarity of Tangled as well as the adventure Flynn, Rapunzel, and all 70 feet of her hair take in this movie.

 

The Mouse is at it again...making movies of our favorite fairy tales, but putting his own Disney twist to it. Except this time it's not just a twist, it's a remake of The Brothers Grimm Rapunzel that resembles the original story only in it's most famous line: "Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Let down your hair!"

 

Tangled is the story of Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore), a princess who was kidnapped at birth by Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), an old hag who wants to use the magical powers in Rapunzel's hair. For when Rapunzel sings, it gives life/youth and healing to whomever it's touching. As many can relate to, Mother Gothel doesn't want to grow old, so, as in the fairy tale, she hides Rapunzel away in a tower, which can only be accessed by climbing up Rapunzel's long, long, long golden hair. She will stay young and beautiful as long as she can stroke Rapunzel's magic hair.

 

But, after 18 years, Rapunzel is pretty tired of her tower. She's done all the painting, reading, and hair brushing a girl can do. Yet, Mother Gothel refuses to let her out, even for her birthday. And let me just say, Mother Gothel is a teenager's worst nightmare, overly-protective, insincere, and repeats every line a girl doesn't want to hear from her mother ("Look in that mirror. I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady. Oh look, you're here too.", "Great. Now I'm the bad guy."). So, when Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), a thief wanted by the kingdom, stumbles upon the tower, she doesn't hesitate in convincing him to take her, and all of her hair, with him.

 

What ensues is Disney...singing thugs in a bar, an animal sidekick or two, treachery by the evil villainess, and, of course, love. We hope for something along the lines of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin...a princess for the girls, and an adventurous hero for the boys. Which Tangled achieves, with a few less Alan Menken songs and just as much entertainment. I'm not sure it will reach classic status in the same order as those, but it is a fun movie with a lot of great things to say about growing up and making wise decisions.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Tell about someone you didn't want to be friends with when you first met them, and are now great friends with.

 

• After Rapunzel decides to leave the tower, she goes through many emotions, from elation to despair. Flynn tells her "This is part of growing up. A little rebellion and a little adventure. This is healthy." Do you think this is true or not?

 

• Do you allow your parents to help you make wise choices, or do you typically turn to your friends? What does the Bible say about this?

 

--JW

 

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