Parents' Guide to

Ava & LaLa

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Mythic tale set in land of animals and danger is confusing.

Movie PG 2014 82 minutes
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The fantastical island is original and beautiful. Ava is endearing in spite of her naughtiness. But the viewer must follow an alarming number of "rules of the game," which, along with its twists and turns, make the story cumbersome and hard to follow. Examples of these "rules": Ava will be turned into an animal if she remains on the island for three days; "the anointed one" will be turned into stone at a certain time; nine distinctive "herds" must be unified before any action can be taken." Additionally, the movie lacks humor; what little there is often seems forced. Generally, it's an earnest effort but heavy-handed, too violent for little kids, and burdened by its rather clumsy attempts to combine spiritual concepts with adventure.

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