A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
"The nobility of your selflessness is directly proportional to the strength of your power." "The end of ignorance and greed give us the opportunity to right ancient wrongs." "Greed is a merciless taskmaster."
Positive Role Models
The kids try to help their teacher escape entrapment for eternity in an amulet. Mandy has learned much from reading books. The children agree to sacrifice their powers in exchange for getting Thurgood back.
Violence & Scariness
A man seems to be trapped inside an amulet. The disembodied head of a bully with magic powers flies around yelling at children. Devon has a sword fight to keep Kurt out of the lighthouse. Kids slide down a magic rope from the top of a light house. The kids fall through a secret door into a grotto, but no one is harmed. The children act frightened at the discovery of a dragon swimming nearby, even though it's clear that the "dragon" is nothing more than a drawing of a dragon wriggling below them. Another moment is apparently meant to be suspenseful and/or scary: Someone yells, "Run," but as there is no apparent threat, there is also no suspense or scariness. At another point, scary music plays while the kids stand around calmly.
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"Puke," "shut up," "idiot," "half-wit," "dweeb."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Billy Owens and the Secret of the Runes is a sequel to The Mystical Adventures of Billy Owens. There is nothing that will offend kids in this Harry Potter wannabe, except for the fact that it is so terribly boring and badly made. Expect to hear the words "puke," "idiot," and "dweeb." There is some mild peril but nothing truly scary to most tweens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is a waste of your time. It's a movie the same way the Yellow Pages is a book. Put another way, the credits say that Mark McNabb is a director, on the presumed assumption that directors oversee and guide audio and visual recordings of people uttering dialogue from a script. However, at a certain point, a line must be drawn in the sand representing a bare minimal standard of quality, and McNabb, his writers, actors, and camera people have failed to meet that standard. By a lot. Don't waste your time on this dreadful adventure. There are so many better choices for kids out there.
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