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My Rango Review – Just Say No

I felt the need to give you my own personal Rango review: Just say no!

I didn’t receive the movie for free and no one asked me to do this, but I don’t want anyone else to go through the pain I went through watching this with my kids.

Our church showed this for a Family Movie night that we missed, so I promised the kids that we would rent it from Redbox another time. I didn’t even think about looking into the movie or checking to see if friends had seen it. We just rented it.

Bad idea.

I honestly can’t tell you what Rango was about, other than a lizard trying to pretend he was something he wasn’t in the Wild West while surrounded by lots of other curious characters. It wasn’t funny. It wasn’t cute. In fact, it was a bit dark.

I quickly lashed out on Facebook, wondering why my friends didn’t warn me, and quickly discovered that others were equally disappointed, disallusioned and otherwise dissatisfied.

One of my favorite comments was made by my friend Nick in FL:
Yes, despite it being touted as a “family film,” it is far from it. Piper and I rented it and enjoyed it, but we didn’t let our kids see it at all. People need to know that animation does not always equal kids!!!

I thought this was such an important reminder of ALL of us who are parents. I used to not let my kids see anything other than G films (they’re 7 & under), but after seeing the genius films Megamind & Despicable Me that had such great humor and a good life lesson, I let my guard down a bit.

I think the important thing to remember is to never rely on a rating alone, but make use of the resourced around you, including reviews, the internet and yes, close friends and family.



  1. Agree! Agree! Agree! This was the one film that we took the kids to without checking out the play-by-play details on our favorite review site (pluggedinonline). In my defense, in my mind I thought we were going to see Rio. Rango…Rio… anyway. It was awful – and on our way out of the theater, with our kids 13, 10, 7, 4 – our 7 year old said “Geesh Mom, didn’t you read the review on that first?” Enough said.

  2. First of all Amanda, so glad I’m not alone on this.
    Second of all, your reply made me laugh out loud – definitely makes me want to check out your blog! 🙂

  3. Ha! Yes, come on over… my kids say Geez Mom! quite a bit 🙂