A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This is not an educational title, although viewers will learn some facts about Chicago, like that it's America's third-largest city, that there are more than 200 art galleries, and that it's famous for museums like the Field Museum.
Scooby and the gang are always good examples of how very different people can still be very good friends with complementary strengths that help them collaborate on solving their various mysteries.
Positive Role Models
Daphne and Fred make a sacrifice to help a friend in need. Velma helps Daphne make a decision to tell Fred how she feels about him. Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred are able to overcome their considerable differences to work together and stay the best of friends.
Violence & Scariness
The "phantom" of the opera house/theater may be frightening to some viewers. He sets fire to the theater, causes sets to collapse, and injures people in the process. He is ultimately caught, of course, by the Mystery, Inc. gang.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Daphne is shown in a cleavage-baring nightgown, and she's preoccupied with her crush on Fred for all of the movie. There's one public kiss and another scene in which a man stares at a beautiful young woman. A talent-show contestant wears tight, skimpy outfits.
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Insults such as "dumb," "dirty," "germy," "disgusting," and "stupid" are said occasionally.
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Products & Purchases
The gang makes a couple of pop-culture references, but there are no product placements. The Scooby-Doo franchise has spawned everything from games and apparel to plush figurines and books.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo!: Stage Fright, as with most Scooby-Doo films, contains some scary bits (in this case, a Phantom of the Opera-style "ghost" that terrorizes a theater) and some adolescent humor (Daphne keeps pining for Fred, and they eventually kiss). Although some characters are temporarily injured, rest assured that the Mystery, Inc. gang always catches the villain. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although some of the Scooby-Doo movies don't seem set in a particular time and place, this entertaining entry is clearly the product of an era when reality talent shows are all the rage. So, everything from the popularity of the fake show and the behavior of the contestants and the attitude of its host (brilliantly voiced by Wayne Brady, no stranger to variety shows), is extremely believable, as is the ongoing romantic tension between Daphne and the clueless Fred.
Scooby-Doo movies come out so regularly it's easy to assume they're not any good. Yes, they're an acquired taste, but they help kids understand the basics of suspense/mystery stories, appreciate the way different personalities can mesh to work together, and laugh heartily at how a dog and his best friends can always manage to save the day.
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