Parent Guide: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

About Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

An adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.

Rated: PG


Where to Watch: Netflix

Parent Guide

Best for: Ages 8 and up


Ms. Trunchbull can be a intimidating and scary character

The parents verbally bully their child

A character is seen falling and falls off screen. That character later dies from their apparent injuries.

Occasionally there is fantastical, slapstick violence but never any gore.


A few uses of the word hell

Minimal name calling

Mature Content

No nudity or sexual references

There are references to alcohol use


Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is based on the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, Matilda. Matilda is a bright, gifted young girl who attends a school with a nasty principal, Ms. Trunchbull. Matilda also lives with parents that neglect and bully her. Young children may find these characters scary and intimidating. Matilda has a kindhearted teacher, Ms Honey and librarian Mrs. Phelps who both notice the girl’s extraordinary gifts. This film is filled with fun musical numbers and a positive message that most families can enjoy.

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