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Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun family movie has sweet messages for parents and kids.

Movie G 2009 90 minutes
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This is a surprisingly heartwarming story. AU PAIR 3: ADVENTURE IN PARADISE is the third in a series of movies that began when Jenny landed the job of au pair to widower Oliver's two children. Now they're married with a baby of their own, and they're leaning on each other to get through the uncharted waters of Katie and Alex's growing independence. The movie touches on many of the same themes that families of tweens and teens likely are experiencing themselves: teen rebellion (in the story it's fairly mild), respecting kids' need for space, worries about meeting parents' expectations, and establishing rules in romantic relationships.

While real-life teens might roll their eyes at the story's predictability and sanitized view take on life (the Caldwells are impossibly wealthy, which surely helps iron out many of their daily issues), tweens will overlook these shortcomings and absorb the messages about the enduring nature of family ties instead. The movie makes a genuine attempt to reflect real-life issues between parents and teens, and the virtual absence of iffy content makes it a worry-free choice for families.

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