Sunday, March 13, 2022

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch Turning Red

I'm confused. I watched Turning Red on Disney+ over the weekend with my kids and we enjoyed it. But I've been seeing hate towards the movie floating around social media. Here are some of the things I've seen:

Not geared to small kids

The word CRAP is used

Periods are talked about

The kids are disrespectful

The phrase "my panda, my choice" is uttered and religious folks find that hovering too close on the whole my body, my choice stance. Which, sorry, it is my body, my choice. A woman should never be forced to do something she does not wish to do, ever. I live in Texas and am embarrassed by some of the laws here and hope they change soon. 


We enjoyed the movie and there are several reasons why I feel like you should watch. 

1. It shows what a middle schooler goes through. I understand if perhaps someone has small kids who don't understand. But they will. Someday. Being a middle schooler is tough. In the movie Mei constantly strives for perfection which isn't healthy. However, she wants to please her mother, even at the expense of her mental health. 

2. Periods are discussed and this is a HUGE thing because it should never be kept private. I threw a period party for my daughter when she started and always told her to never be ashamed of her body. I loved how this movie talked about pads and showed them. Some people complain that it made their sons uncomfortable. Well. Perhaps it'll help them become caring men who will run out and buy tampons without hesitation. Just a thought. 

3. You'll learn about other cultures, which is always a win for me. I enjoyed seeing the Red Panda ritual. I've seen a "concern" on Facebook from a mother thinking it's close to witchcraft. What? 

4. One of the lessons in the movie is to stay true to who you are. Not who your parents want to be. People might have said Mei was rebelling but in reality, she's being who she is and there's nothing wrong with that. Yes, it always hurts when your child doesn't love what you love and enjoy doing what you enjoy doing. But you need to respect that your kid is their own person who doesn't have to share the same views as you do. 

5. Acceptance. I love how in the end this family accepts Mei for her differences. It's a beautiful thing when families can do this. 

Obviously everyone has their own opinions on certain movies. But do not let the negative opinions prevent you from watching this one. And remember: my panda, my choice. 

Have you seen Turning Red yet? 


  1. I haven't seen it but now I'm interested!

  2. I've not seen this movie yet but I plan to watch it with my kids when we get a chance. I think that it sounds like a more modern type of movie and the fact it mentions periods helps to normalise them. I can't wait to see it, it sounds like it has some important things to teach children.

  3. we watched it last night and the only thing our entire family was shocked by is that the Mei lived to panda after talking to her mother crazy. Our daughter was all, "You guy's would tear us up!" LOL!

  4. I haven't seen this yet but after reading your review I can understand the goodness you got out of it while at the same time understanding the negatives others got from it. No matter what it sounds like a movie that will open doors for really meaningful conversations with kids. I appreciate when that happens!

  5. Ive heard a lot of this movie and yes, it's already on my list to watch.

  6. I put this on for my young twins and realized quickly it was geared to older kids! It looked like a great options for them though and I'm glad it's out there. I should have looked more carefully to figure out what it was though. :-)

  7. I haven't seen it yet but after reading your review I definitely will! I also want to watch it with my nieces and nephews as i think it offers some valuable life lessons for the littles!

  8. I've seen this. I want to watch it with my oldest, my 3yr old maybe not but then again he likes to watch jurassic park and jurassic world .... oops!

  9. I love to discover new things. And I am so curious to discover what all are talking about!

  10. I've never heard of Turing Red before, I have to look into watching this. Thanks for the recommendation.

  11. Haven't seen it but I think I will after reading this I think they can def learn from it.

  12. I haven't seen that movie. I'd like to. Sounds like a great film. -LYNNDEE

  13. Haven't watched it yet, but great points you listed here. I'll surely watch this with my daughter on school break!


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