A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
Promotes standing up to bullies and cautions not to go against personal values to gain popularity. "A real friend likes you for being you." "Why is it important what other people think?"
Positive Role Models
Young heroine is smart, generous, loving, responsible, and brave, even though she keeps a big secret from her parents. Older sisters are stereotypica --l "the smart one" and "the social one" -- but when it's important, they stand up for their family. Parents are caring and reliable, if a bit dense when it comes to knowing what's really going on. Villain is a bumbling, nonthreatening dimwit.
Violence & Scariness
A pratfall or two: Pig knocks down bully, thief threatens pig, thief falls. No scares.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Arlo: The Burping Pig is a family-friendly, live-action story about a talking piglet and the 7-year-old girl who finds him and takes him home. Though Talia keeps Arlo a secret from her family for a while, she's a conscientious pet owner and all-around wise, loving little girl. A buffoonish thief, never truly threatening or mean, hovers in the background of the story as he tries to retrieve a very valuable Ming vase he's hidden in Talia's house. Though the movie is predictable through and through and has stereotypical characters -- the smart sister with glasses; the social, beauty-conscious sister who wants to be popular; a moronic criminal -- it's wholesome fare that's OK for everyone. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's an amateurish, artless, low-budget production and a predictable, stale story, but who can resist an adorable little girl and a talking piglet? Arlo: The Burping Pig is filled with stereotypes, wooden performances, clumsy writing and direction (nary a camera move or a two-dimensional character). Still, kids will be engaged and enjoy the simple story, the very mild suspense, and the sparkling performance of young Lindsey Blanchard, who may have great moments ahead for her. She's natural, honest, and oh-so-capable of delivering even the corniest lines. Lindsey is able to make even "A real friend likes you for being you" sound fresh. Wholesome and well-meaning, the movie is fine for everyone.
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