Parents' Guide to

Back to the Sea

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Bland fish tale is a Finding Nemo wannabe.

Movie PG 2013 96 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Ripoff of Back To The Future

age 5+

Crappy racist Finding Nemo rip off

The whole movie is scenes that mimic finding Nemo in different order. The main fish gets a injury that is (ironically) on his fin. The characters are too similar to Finding Nemo. The main difference I saw was that he ends up in a Chinese restaurant in New York with overly accented facial features and accents instead of a dentists office in Sydney. Just buy Finding Nemo, it’s way better.

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Too much consumerism

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Many elements of the story do not follow logically. Kevin's father gives great significance to a large violet pearl, and although we can understand why human thieves would seek to cash in on its monetary value, we are never told why it's valuable to the fish. Shabao's dad, the Chinese restaurant owner, is suddenly challenged by the rival Cook Liu from Hong Kong, who announces he intends to open a restaurant, too. Cook Liu is determined to take the title of New York's "best" by way of forcing Shabao, who would rather be an explorer than a cook, to compete in a cooking contest against the Hong Kong chef's culinarily gifted son. Huh? Why would they agree to that? How would that determine that a restaurant that isn't even open yet is "the best"? False premises like this abound; the basic story structure is weak, the humor is flat, and the animation is uninspired.

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