A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Loyalty means a lot. It can be worthwhile to doggedly pursue a dream.
Positive Role Models
Bruno loves his school and as a creative prankster concocts plans to make school more fun, even if the headmaster might not see it that way. The headmaster tries to maintain high standards of behavior but ultimately chooses loyalty to his students over loyalty to the rules. Boots's parents seem insensitive and self-absorbed but finally recognize their son's worth. Students pour a fizzy stomach remedy in a rival school's pool. After losing a swim race, Boots congratulates his opponents. The rival calls him a "loser." A school headmaster declares his son the winner of a race that looks like a tie.
Violence & Scariness
Rival students break out into a cupcake war, throwing flour, cupcakes, and icing at each other. Students are pushed into a swimming pool. Students vandalize sports training equipment of a rival school.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teenage girls mildly flirt with teenage boys.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A boy with asthma uses an inhaler.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bruno and Boots: Go Jump in the Pool is a family-oriented comedy set at a Canadian boys' boarding school where privileged kids deal with a losing swim team and no pool to practice in. This is the first of several Canadian TV movies made from one of a series of young adult books by Gordon Korman, a popular Canadian author. Mild flirtations are shown with girls from a neighboring boarding school. Violence is limited to kids getting pushed into swimming pools and cupcake fights. A winning swimmer from another school calls the protagonists "losers." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Those who love the books that this movie derives from may be more forgiving of the overacting and predictable plotting of this forgettable comedy than the rest of humanity. The closing credits roll over outtakes showing the cast having far more fun making Bruno and Boots: Go Jump in the Pool than anyone is going to have watching it. The bloopers show a cast thoroughly enjoying a guffaw-filled camaraderie entirely absent in the movie itself.
That said, Peter Keleghan plays the quirky headmaster with some comic flair. Jonny Gray as Bruno would not be out of place on the Disney Channel, acting away with neither subtlety nor finesse. But given that there are no language or sexual references that would shock any 8-year-olds, it may be that a young audience, less likely to be finicky, will appreciate the energy and determination of Bruno and his friends.
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