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Ep 4 - Turning Red: Crouching Tiger Mom, Twerking Panda

Updated: Apr 2, 2022

Pixar's 2022 coming-of-age film Turning Red has proved controversial, to say the least. It's a step away from the studio's usual all-ages content, but is it appropriate for your LDS family? We examine what the film says about parenting teenagers and how to have a good relationship with kids, along with the movie's questionable attempts to be sex-positive.

Our Ratings: Content: Telestial Artistic Merit: 3.5 popcorn balls Gospel Connections: 2 apricots

Best Books:

Liz - Beyond the Mapped Stars by Rosalyn Eves

Carl - Star Trek: Prodigy

Daniel - Hollow Knight

Amanda - Anne of Green Gables


Movies with similar themes that we liked better:


Inside Out


Ron's Gone Wrong

Embrace the Panda - Documentary about the making of this film, found on Disney+

Cuties - controversial film with social commentary on the sexualization of teenagers

What is the Bechdel Test?

The quote about a grandfather in heaven comes from CS Lewis' The Problem of Pain

'Turning Red' is a turning point for Asians in film. Why is it seen as unrelatable? - NPR article on controversy surrounding the film

Plugged In's Review makes a comparison between Turning Red and Brave

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Daniel - Nauvoo Neighbor, Public Square

Amanda - Twitter: @FreebairnAmanda, Nauvoo Neighbor, Public Square

Video editing by Robert Hill

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