A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there is mild gun violence, which is intended for the kindly and innocent Bigfoot. Car chases, crashes, and slapstick humor bring a little perilous action to the screen too. Otherwise, this is a sweet, family-friendly story of a boy helping someone in need.
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What's the story?
Percy (Adam Raque) stands up to some bullies in order to curry favor with a girl named Madison (Nicole Badaan), whom he has a crush on. When he is chased into the forest, he stumbles upon an inhabitant who has been driven out of his home by forest fires. Percy finds that this big creature is lonely and afraid, and he aims to help him avoid being captured by uncaring humans.
Is it any good?
Surprisingly good for a movie with B-list actors, this family film has some tender and laugh-out-loud moments. Though the idea that Bigfoot would be a sensitive, music loving guy is not terribly believable, the earnestness with which Adam Raque's Percy approaches the monster is remniscent of moments in E.T.. You know, two lonely souls who help each other in the hour of need...
The script is pretty decent, and some comic bumbling issued from the bad guys Devlin (Andrew Chase) and Cletis (Brandon Gibson) keeps this sensitive-guy story from getting too cheesy. Parents might enjoy watching this one as much as their kids do.
Talk to your kids about ...
Percy is not a very popular guy, though a popular girl decides to date him, even if her friends think he's weird. What kind of risks would you take to befriend a person outside of your social circle?
Madison has a web-page, like a MySpace page, with photos and information about her. How much information do you have floating around in cyberspace? Here are some tips for keeping information that you share on the internet safe and in good hands.
Devlin and Cletis bully Percy, but Percy gets his revenge. How do you handle bullies at school?
- In theaters: September 6, 2008
- On DVD or streaming: October 6, 2009
- Cast: Adam Raque, Angie Everhart, Richard Tyson
- Director: Kevin Tenney
- Studio: Image Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 92 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: mild peril and brief language
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