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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Brum has a strong sense of civic duty. There's some diversity among the cast. And bad guys -- from cheats to criminals -- never win.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Brum is really more of a good citizen than he is a crime fighter. While he does take on pickpockets and thieves here, nearly half of the episodes have no real "bad guy." In one, he returns a cell phone taken by a naughty dog, for example (and returns the dog, as well). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Your kids may not connect with this heroic car instantly (the way they do with a little red furry monster, for example), and there is a decisively British flavor to these. (In one episode, Brum helps Mr. Brillo recover his prize garden gnome.) But the theme song played at the end of each installment is quite catchy, and the exaggerated acting and constant gags are sure to elicit some giggles (a fan blows off a man's wig in one episode, revealing his bald head, while in another a teen thug gets his head stuck in a bucket).
Each segment is short (about 10 minutes, over two of which is intro and outro). Adults won't likely find anything objectionable here, except perhaps for one homeless man who's sort of played for laughs. You'll probably consider this pretty hokey fare. But if you're looking to give your kids -- and yourself -- a break from Elmo and Barney, give this title a test drive.
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