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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some feel-good lessons about being responsible and willing to help others.
Viewers see a man learn to take responsibility for himself and be more receptive to others' needs. The content also reminds viewers that there are some disadvantages to always getting what you want and that helping others has rewards, too. A romantic relationship evolves out of a friendship in a sweet, mutually respectful way. On the downside, in one scene, a man bribes his friends to help by promising to fix them up with "hot" girls if they cooperate, and there are a few instances of bathroom humor like burping, pooping, and farting.
Positive Role Models
When given the proper impetus, Timmy is receptive to the idea of change and comes to see the advantages of being a responsible adult. Tootie sets a good example for him, always taking the moral high ground and acting on others' behalf.
Violence & Scariness
Live-action characters fall victim to cartoon-style mishaps like falling out of a tree or wrecking a motorcycle, but no injury results from the incidents. In one scene, both the CGI characters and a human one are electrocuted, though the damage is brief.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The story centers on a budding relationship between two young adults, so there's some flirting and one kiss, all of which is measured on Timmy’s "Love Meter." In one instance, male characters refer to girls as "hot."
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Products & Purchases
The movie was inspired by one of Nickelodeon's most successful cartoons, so if your kids don't tune in already, they might want to after seeing this special.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this family-friendly TV movie based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon blends cross-generational comedy with feel-good messages about responsibility and caring for others. The movie's mixture of CG animation and live action may be hard for the cartoon's young fans to adapt to, but the stellar cast and clever storyline will win them over. The movie's content is fine for kids, and its characters actually model some appealing behavior in a sweet teen romance as well as in a man's willingness to make positive changes in his life. Be prepared for some potty humor (farting, diarrhea, etc.) that's sure to please the kids, as well as the obvious embedded promotion of the original cartoon, if your kids aren't already fans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Nickelodeon commemorates the 10th anniversary of its popular series, The Fairly OddParents, with this family-geared movie that brings fans' favorite characters to life in a truly appealing way. The combination of live-action and CGI, punctuated by the hilarious crossover of Wanda and Cosmo as humans (played by Cheryl Hines and Jason Alexander), is a refreshing change to the show's linear animation style, and it's so well written –- and expertly cast -– that even long-time fans won't be put off by the differences.
Happily the movie's content caters to a range of ages, which makes it a great choice for family movie night. Tootie and Timmy's relationship is innocent and sweet, and physical contact is limited to one meaningful kiss. Violence is equally minimal, and aside from some potty humor (farting, diarrhea sounds, and burping), there's little reason to worry about watching with your kids. If you do, be sure to draw their attention to the lessons Timmy learns about being responsible and using his gifts to help others.
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