Cautions: unexplained fantasy elements, mild violence and brief emotional intensity, brief mild sensuality and immodesty, and potential ethical confusion
Frozen is either a serious kids’ movie that will appeal to adults, or a fun grown-ups’ movie lighthearted enough to entertain the kids. Queen Elsa, cursed from birth with icy magical powers, accidentally freezes her own country and flees into exile, while her sister Anna and some helpful strangers seek her out, hoping she won’t freeze them, too. While Frozen is a good choice for some audiences, viewers leery of “magic” and/or musicals might want to skip it.
2013 | Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | 102 min Watch Trailer
Mild Violence and Brief Emotional Intensity
A young Elsa accidentally strikes Anna with her freezing power, and she remains unconscious for some time. Years later, Anna is struck again, and begins to freeze - to death, if it cannot be stopped in time. This is a major theme of the movie, and may be slightly intense for sensitive viewers, with Anna falling to her knees, clutching her chest, etc.
Bad guys chase Elsa and try to shoot her with crossbows. Men fight a giant, angry snowman with swords and pikes.
People in a sled are chased by somewhat stylized wolves.
A very brief scene portrays a storm at sea and a ship capsizing, apparently taking the main characters’ parents down with it. The montage includes a funeral scene and people covering up the parents’ portrait with black cloth.
A girl punches a man who’d been scheming against her.
Unexplained Fantasy Elements
The “magic” elements in Frozen are not given an origin in the movie, but their lack of a specific, spiritual origin is part of what separates them from the unacceptable “magic” in other stories.
Elsa was born with her magic powers; she did not seek them out, and in fact she cannot get rid of them. Another character asks if she was born with them or “cursed” with them later on (witchcraft and other voluntary acts are not presented as options for obtaining these powers). A villain, trying to build enmity against her, refers to Elsa’s powers as sorcery, but he is not presented as being accurate in this, and, biblically, Elsa’s powers do not fall into the same category as sorcery.1
Elsa’s magic powers include freezing things, creating snow, and making ice formations (buildings, a dress, etc.). Another character with apparently inherent magical power heals a girl, removing magical “ice” from her and erasing certain of her memories, by placing his hand on her head. He also uses the equivalent of a magical power point to show people things.
Elsa is also able to form snowmen, who (to her initial surprise) can walk, think and converse. One of these snowmen becomes a major character. Other characters include trolls, who are portrayed as non-humans.2
“An act of true love” is the only way to counteract the effects of the ice when Anna is struck.
Brief Mild Sensuality and Immodesty
An unmarried couple kisses once.
Female characters wear off-the-shoulder dresses. Elsa’s dress has a front slit to above the knee.
Couples dance at a ball.
A man and woman accidentally fall into or on top of each other a couple of times, but this is not played up suggestively. A girl briefly wags one shoulder while singing about looking sophisticated when she meets the right man, though not in a deliberate attempt to be sensual. A girl says that a man is “gorgeous”, and later mentions something about his “physique”, though not in a sensual way.
Potential Ethical Confusion
A girl gets engaged to a man she just met that day. While they appear to be perfect for each other, other characters disapprove of their haste, and ultimately, any negative or rash aspects of the relationship are fully resolved.
For years, Elsa lives by a “don’t feel” mantra, and through much of the movie equates not feeling with being “the good girl you always have to be.” Part way through, she sings a song in which she rejects her old way of thinking, though in a rebellious way (“Turn away and slam the door. I don’t care what they’re going to say… No right, no wrong, no rules for! I’m free!... That perfect girl is gone!”). This is not an appropriate attitude or theme song for Christian girls, and while the attitude is resolved later on, some viewers may need to take extra care not to let the wrong-attitude song get stuck in their heads.
One character starts out as a bit of a misanthrope, and sings a joking ditty about how all people are bad. This attitude is resolved.
Anna, just woken up, says she’s been up for hours (which is not true).
A character says that his friends can be “inappropriate”.
A song includes the line “people don’t really change,” but this is clearly referring to personality quirks, not moral behaviors. A later line in the song, “throw a little love their way, and you’ll bring out their best,” may use words popular with humanists, but merely refers to graciously handling situations where others are at fault. A character’s statement “love is putting someone else’s needs above yours,” is not meant to be a comprehensive definition.
A character tells a negative story about how his brothers treated him, and shruggingly adds, “That’s what brothers do.”
A character tells a girl that “all men” pick their nose and eat it. A song about personal idiosyncrasies includes a brief statement that a male character “only likes to tinkle in the woods.”
Characters say the same thing at the same time, and call “Jinx!” twice.
A character says, “What the…” A friendly character refers to a man as a “funky looking donkey.”
An apparent clergyman officiates at a coronation, wearing a mitre and robe.
There is a painting of Joan of Arc.
A character says he had just paid off his sled.
1 Just as we would argue that no one is born absolutely bound to sexual perversion, Elsa could not possibly have been born a sorceress. Sorcery, like sexual perversion or any other sin, is a voluntary, not involuntary, action.
2 Neither the snowman nor the trolls appear to sin in the movie, which means that they do not necessarily cause theological problems such as attempting to reconcile a for-humans-only Atonement with sinful non-humans.