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Bandit and the Saints of Dogwood

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Adventure film cheers on misfits; some violence, bullying.

Movie NR 2015 81 minutes
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Though this summer-camp tale has all the makings of a fun adventure -- including misfit kids, furry companions, and bumbling villains -- it doesn't quite hit the mark. There are too many villains, especially among the adults. A group of would-be thieves would be enough, but once you add in disinterested parents, a scheming principal, cruel camp counselors, and a few adolescent bullies, it starts to just feel like a downer. And among the kids, it's hard to tell who the real hero is, especially since Lenna is mostly bossy and cruel to the others. Huggy, the stereotypical overweight kid with the heart of gold, is the only character who feels really likable, but the movie doesn't make him the real focus.

The message that you don't have to fit in to be a good kid will be appealing to kids and parents alike. And parents will especially enjoy Huggy's relationship with a mute girl named Katie, who teaches Huggy that he's perfect just the way he is.

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