Four Kids and It

A wish a day brings adventure your way.

Four Kids and It
When new couple, American workaholic mom and endearingly awkward dad, take their children on a trip to a Cornwall cottage, the kids are horrified to learn that the holiday is, in fact, a family-bonding trip with their potential future step-siblings. The adults quickly discover that the vacation is going to be a challenge. The holiday takes an unexpected turn when the kids discover a magical (and very grumpy) Psammead on the local beach... a creature with the power to grant wishes. They also meet a local oddball, who wants to capture the Psammead for his own gain. The ensuing adventure brings the new siblings together and helps them accept their parents’ new-found happiness.

110 minutes.
Parental Guidance (Violence).
Family, Fantasy.
One happy family...
One happy family...


Matthew Goode, Paula Patton, Michael Caine, Russell Brand, Cheryl, Ashley Aufderheide, Billy Jenkins, William Franklyn-Miller, Ely Solan, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Ellie-Mae Siame, Emily Highams, Lisa Tyrrell, Finbarr Doyle
Andy De Emmony
ScreenplaySimon Lewis, Mark Oswin, from the book by Jacqueline Wilson
MusicAnne Nikitin
CinematographyJohn Pardue
EditingAlex Mackie
Made in2020
Produced byDan Films, Deadpan Pictures, Kindle Entertainment

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageLow impact brief isolated scenes of language use with a low sense of moral harm and warrants no consumer advice.
ViolenceLow impact and infrequent set in fantastical and adventurous settings intertwined with magic, realistic and unrealistic but with no visible effects to cause moral harm.
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThe material contains light-hearted complex and mature low impact themes which are presented in a context of a fantasy drama about a family integration by parents who introduces their children for the first time on a vacation. Themes explore the dynamics of different family lives, behaviours and attitudes, new family ties and relationships, feelings of abandonment or unloved, children manipulating parents, time travel, magic and superpowers, magical wishes, rescue mission, children discovering a creature who becomes a friend, challenging mother and daughter relationship, being greedy, finding peace, making amends, a sense of appreciation, parenting, blended family, overcoming challenges, children struggling to adapt to new life settings, good and bad intentions, children coming of age, unity, finding love and good prevailing over evil. Themes are presented fantastically with adventure to entertain the viewer using negative themes which get positively resolved at the end. Such themes include mother daughter difficult relationship which was caused by coming of age and a child’s hope to see her parents’ rekindling the love. In the end the daughter finally discovered that the mother has protected her throughout the years from her father who was abandoning and never showed interest or act responsibly as a parent. The film maker also managed to resolve themes of a blended family which at first experienced difficulties of adjusting to the new norm and resolved them with love, peace and unity. Themes of bad intentions by Mr Trent are also positively resolved with good prevailing over evil. Themes are treated sensitively intertwined with reality and fantasy. Parental supervision is recommended to provide context on themes which are likely to be confusing and complex. Furthermore such complex themes, like that of blended family are treated as sub-themes rather than being the main themes in the film. The core themes in the film is more to do with the world of magic, positive new friendship between the four kids and Samiate. Themes would be suitable for all, but parental supervision is recommended to provide context and reassurance for much younger viewers.
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USA MPAA rating

PG: Parental Guidance SuggestedRated PG for thematic elements, some rude/suggestive comments, fantasy violence and language
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

British Board of Film Classification rating

PG: Parental Guidance (General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children)Mild threat, Violence, Language, Sex references
British version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
8 +
Positive messages
Positive role models
Drinking, drugs, smoking


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say
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Rottentomatoes critics
36 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconFour Kids and It has a few moments of whimsy and charm, but it’s not enough to leave a lasting impression.
Stefan Pape quote iconMagical family adventure has positive messages, mild peril.

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