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Bibi Blocksberg and the Secret of the Blue Owls

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Dull witch sequel has mild violence, iffy wheelchair plot.

Movie NR 2004 119 minutes
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This sequel lacks any of the charm of Bibi Blocksberg's first outing and has a central storyline that's borderline offensive. While Bibi was previously a courageous, if somewhat mischievous, lead character, she now comes across as spoiled and rude -- particularly to her mother, which is too bad, as their relationship was both heartwarming and integral to the original. But it's Bibi's quest to "cure" her friend Elea's paralyzed legs that sits most uncomfortably. Bibi's heart may be in the right place, but the way the issue is handled is insensitive. One set piece that uses Elea's wheelchair as a prop feels particularly crass.

The movie touches on the fact that Bibi is now older -- Bibi and her friends are starting to have romantic relationships -- but these moments are fleeting, and we quickly return to the ponderous plot. The special effects have improved from the first movie, and Harfouch continues to have fun with the villainous Rabia. The boarding school setting gives the film even more of a Harry Potter feel. But while the first movie felt like a hat-tip to all things Potter, this just feels like a poor rip-off. Ultimately Bibi Blocksberg and the Secret of the Blue Owls is a disappointing follow-up to one that, although it wasn't great, was perfectly passable.

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