The Aladdin remake tells almost the exact same story as the original animated tale. The movie follows the lovable street urchin Aladdin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine’s kingdom.
How old do you have to be to see Aladdin?
Aladdin has been given a PG rating by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
The website cites mild fantasy threat as the reason behind the PG rating, as opposed to a U rating.
A PG rating means “general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.
“A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older.
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“Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.”
The BBFC specifically cites two scenes of mild fantasy threat.
The scenes include: “One in which characters must escape from a collapsing cave and another in which a man is pushed from a high window and falls unconscious in the water below before being rescued.
“People are briefly frightened by the appearance of giant genies but soon realise that the genies are not dangerous.”
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Common Sense Media, an American website which advises parents on movies suitability for children, agreed the film was suitable for those aged eight and older.
They wrote: “Parents need to know that Aladdin is Disney’s live-action adaptation of its own 1992 animated classic.
“As with previous remakes like Dumbo, Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, there are lots of computer-generated special effects, including the quite scary Cave of Wonders and co-star Will Smith as the huge, comedic, blue-skinned Genie.
“The effects and the live-action factor make the scenes of peril and danger feel more intense than in the cartoon (although it’s pretty tame for a Guy Ritchie-directed movie).
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“There are chases, falls, and near deaths, as well as one confirmed fatality when villain Jafar pushes a man down a dark well.
“The cave crumbles and spews lava, a giant bird pursues the characters, guards are armed with weapons, and there are references to dead parents.
“Language is very mild, with just a few insults along the lines of “street rat”; characters flirt and kiss, and Genie tosses back a couple of martinis.
“Thanks to stars Mena Massoud (Aladdin) and Naomi Scott (Jasmine), this musical remake keeps the spirit of the original and adds a boost of female empowerment to messages about friendship, courage, integrity, and honesty.”
Aladdin is now playing in cinemas.