Last week I partnered with Paramount to host a screening of Wonder Park. The DC area was buzzing with this fun amusement park movie- and now everyone can join in the fun! Wonder Park- Is it family friendly? Here’s my Wonder Park Parent movie review to help you decide.
It’s Splendiferous! Wonder Park Parent Movie Review
When my kids saw the poster for this movie, they knew we had to see it!
We kinda love amusement parks around here, and talking animals are always a lot of fun, so it just made sense.
Plus I hardcore love Jennifer Garner so you know I was in!
We screened the show last week and I took my 14-year-old, 12-year-old, and 7-year-old. With such a wide range of ages, it’s sometimes hard to find a movie that entertains them all in a wholesome way.
Wonder Park is a movie that does just that!
The imagination of a child and the parents who foster it takes center stage in this story.
The colors and wonders that pop off the screen are pure joy! It’s really such a beautiful movie.
Overall, the film embraces creativity and the fun of a childhood well spent. There is one issue that should be addressed, however.
I’ll put this down as a possible trigger warning: if your family has dealt with the sickness of a parent or other close family member or- like me- love Jennifer Garner, you might want to pre-screen this film. A key moment of the movie revolves around Gardner’s character, the mom, becoming sick and needing to leave for treatment.
It’s a pretty big shift and the whole film takes a big downturn in feel. I was a little horrified that my kids would have major issues with it— but they were fine! Maybe it was just me worrying about Jennifer. Ha!
(Spoiler alert- the ending brings sweet, happy tears. I’ll let you decide what that means!)
About Wonder Park
WONDER PARK tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.
Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Brianna Denski and Ken Hudson Campbell
Wonder Park PARENT MOVIE REVIEW: AGE RECOMMENDATIONS
I always add this as part of my parent movie reviews, just in case you need a breakdown by age. It’s a key component to deciding if Wonder Park is Kid Friendly.
My children are 16, 14, 12 and 7. Here are my recommendations for each age based on my children’s maturity levels.
Teen/Tweens No worries here! They should love the fantasy and whimsy unless they are completely above all that.
Because: teens. Gah.
My older kiddos that came with us loved the movie, however, both picking out their favorite moments.
8 to 10-years old You should still be good to go here- in fact, this is probably the age that I’d say will get the most out of Wonder Park.
7 and Under If they can sit for two hours in a movie theater and enjoy talking animals and crazy contraptions, then you are good to go! With younger kids, it can be a hit or miss when it comes to attention spans.
My youngest is 7 and I was most impressed with how she handled the tougher moments in the movie.
Know your family and take the whole crew if you think they can handle two hours in a theater.
Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.