Cinderella (2015)

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Cinderella (2015)
Rating: PG
Run Time: 105 minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Kenneth Brannagh

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

Cinderella is very neutral regarding cultural progressiveness. While some traditional gender roles are challenged by the lead female and male characters, the film does very little to engage with disability, sexual orientation, or the body. However, it should be noted that the film makes an attempt at racial diversity.

Summary: Now an orphan, Cinderella must find a way to escape from her evil stepmother and stepsisters.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Rating: PG
Run Time: 152 minutes
Released: 2001
Directed by: Chris Columbus

Cultural Rating: pawpawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork, this film engages with multiple cultural identities by having strong male and female characters and positive depictions of various body types.

Summary

When Harry learns he is a wizard he attends his first year at Hogwarts and discovers secrets from his past.

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Shrek 2

Shrek 2

Shrek 2
Rating: PG
Run Time: 93 minutes
Released: 2004
Director: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon

Cultural Rating: pawpawpaw

The film does an excellent job of challenging popular notions regarding body image, body ideals, and beauty ideals but does very little to engage with gender roles, racial diversity, disability, and sexual orientation.

Summary

Things quickly go awry when Princess Fiona’s parents meet her new husband, an ogre.

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Maleficent

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Maleficent
Rating: PG
Released: 2014
Run Time: 97 minutes
Directed By: Robert Stromberg

Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw

This film does an excellent job of constructing strong, complex female leads. The film also dispels the myth of heterosexual love as perfect and necessary for happiness.

Summary

Maleficent, the villain in Sleeping Beauty, reveals her side of the story regarding the curse she put on Princess Aurora.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Rating: PG
Released: 2004
Run Time: 142 minutes
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork, this film engages with gender by having strong male and female characters.

Summary

During his third year at Hogwarts, Harry comes face-to-face with infamous killer Sirius Black.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Rating: PG
Released: 2009
Run Time: 153 minutes
Directed By: David Yates

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork this film engages with gender by having strong male and female characters.

Summary

Harry learns more about Voldemort’s past during his sixth year at Hogwarts.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Rating: PG-13
Released: 2005
Run Time: 157 minutes
Directed By: Mike Newell

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork this film engages with gender by having strong male and female characters.

Summary

Harry competes in the Triwizard Tournament during his fourth year at Hogwarts.

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