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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some information about Hawaiian culture and mythology.
As usual for Scooby-Doo stories, the tenets of teamwork and friendship are strong. The idea that "crime doesn't pay" gets some play. And there's a subtle pro-environmental, anti-corporate expansion message expressed.
Positive Role Models
Scooby and the gang work together as a team and each person brings their own strengths (though Shaggy brings mostly fear). Characters are pretty stereotypical (nerd, beauty, hunk, dork...).
Violence & Scariness
Tiny monsters seem to be terrorizing the small Hawaiian village with spears, axes, or spiked clubs and people act afraid of the spirits. Threats of human sacrifice. Cartoonish violence involving surfing accidents and near-falls off cliffs into lava and snakepits.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While Velma stays in her tried-but-true classic uniform of the matching orange top and kneesocks, Daphne surfs in a bikini.
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Some subtly sexist language directed toward Daphne ("hot," "sweetie").
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Products & Purchases
Scooby-Doo is part of a long-running and heavily marketed franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Scooby-Doo mystery includes the usual mild scares and peril kids expect from the franchise. Cartoonish violence, chase scenes, some near falls, and scary "monsters" abound. Daphne wears a revealing bikini and gets referred to as "hot," by a male colleague. In the end, teamwork saves the day. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
ALOHA, SCOOBY-DOO doesn't deviate from the tried-and-true, and fans will find everything they expect in this fun adventure. Anyone who has seen a Scooby-Doo episode or movie will be all-too-familiar with the formula that has made this franchise an enduring favorite.
Scooby and Shaggy provide comic relief at all the right times; Velma is filled with fun-facts about Hawaiian culture; and Fred and Daphne are their usual fearless selves. The plot does seems stretched out to fill the length of a movie when a simple episode would have been plenty of time to unravel the mystery du jour.
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