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Bibi & Tina

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Teens ride horses, cast spells in awful German fantasy.

Movie NR 2014 97 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

No learning stuff for kids of learning age.

I didn’t like when my 6 year old child accidentally clicked and started watching, thought she was enjoying, when I saw the content and subject line. I could no way allow my kid who needs to watch learning videos or kids series containing learning stuff undercurrent. Bibi and Tina is for enjoyment and fun. The kids of 6 or younger can enjoy watching and learning content rather wasting time on these kind of stuff.
age 18+

Inappropriate scene

My child was watching and I looked over and saw an adult male without a shirt on and then laying in a bathtub w just "what looked like spandex shorts" on. I had her turn it off...very inappropriate for young children. This is the first time I have even seen or heard of this show but will not be letting them watch again

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The exaggerated and cartoonish action is clearly meant to entertain, but there isn't much entertainment going on here. Adults dress in loud colors and unmatched plaids as if to signal that fun is to be had, but don't expect dialogue, plot, or characters to back that up in Bibi & Tina. Characters burst into song and dance here unexpectedly. In one case a farmhand in an unbuttoned plaid shirt storms out of a barn playing an electric guitar and singing. The assumed audience would be difficult to determine as Alex utters "s--t," but for the most part this feels like an attempt to target Wizards of Waverly Place viewers, although that TV show is far more funny, clever, and well-written, not to mention a showcase for good actors.

It may also be difficult to understand from the poorly-constructed script that the Count's ancestral home is a riding school and the wealthy and aristocratic Sophia arrives not as a friend of the family but as a student. Weirdest of all is that this German-language offering is not only dubbed into English but also features English subtitles and, oddly, the spoken words don't always match with the subtitled ones. Is someone a "mule," or a "pigheaded thing"? Is there a "storm" or "inclement weather"? Is a place "trashy" or "crappy"? Is it a "mess" or is it "nonsense"? A few actors mispronounce the word for a young horse, "foal" (rhymes with roll), as if it were a kind of chicken (fowl). But, if nothing else, the movie offers beautiful sequences of horses galloping majestically across country landscapes.

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