Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Offbeat pirate tale has slapstick violence, potty humor.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 96 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Laughter is the most precious treasure in the world. Captain Sabertooth doesn't want "meddling doxies" on his ship, but the female characters ultimately help save the day and can handle a sword as well as any of the male characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not a lot of role models here; pirates aren't exactly model citizens.

Violence & Scariness

Slapstick violence, including pratfalls and bonks to the head. Pirates wield swords and guns and make threats such as "I'll shred up your innards." Lots of sword fights, though they're never graphic. Characters are taken hostage and locked in dungeons.

Sexy Stuff

Some cleavage and bare midriffs. Two characters flirt and kiss.

Language

Insults such as "pasty face," "moron," and "freak." Lots of fart jokes.

Consumerism

Captain Sabertooth is a popular Norwegian character featured at theme parks, on TV shows, in movies, and on merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama is a Norwegian film overdubbed in English that's based on a popular character featured on TV series, in plays and movies, and more. There's lots of swashbuckling pirate action here, with sword fights, slapstick violence, and abundant pratfalls. While all the characters are pirates (with morally questionable goals, such as stealing treasure), the "bad" pirates are much more sinister, giving dire threats such as "I'll shred your innards," which may be a bit scary for sensitive younger viewers. They also take other characters hostage and threaten them with guns. Details about a parent abandoning his child might also be a bit distressing to some. Expect lots of fart jokes.

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What's the story?

Pinky, an orphan raised by pirates, wants nothing more than to be a deckhand for the notorious Captain Sabertooth. When their ship, the Dark Lady, is taken over by a rival gang of pirates, Pinky thinks he has his chance to prove his worth and find out the mystery of who his father really is. As the two bands of pirates travel to Lama Rama, trying to be the first to nab the King's Pearl, Pinky must rely on his wit; the first mate, Longfinger; and his friends, Rosa and Raven, to help save the day. But with angry pirates, a nonsensical king, and an attempted coup to contend with, Pinky's going to need a lot of help.

Is it any good?

It's no Pirates of the Caribbean, and the overdubbing is absolutely awful, but there's still something oddly charming about this slapstick pirate film. The costumes are wonderful and the plot is so silly, young kids may be able to look past the awkward dialogue and really enjoy CAPTAIN SABERTOOTH AND THE TREASURE OF LAMA RAMA. There's a lot for kids to love: pirates, fart jokes, swashbuckling fight scenes, and adventure.

But parents may not be as fond of some somewhat odd and mixed-up messages in the film: Pinky is never allowed to really celebrate his victories (they're passed onto the adults), and the story of his father's abandonment might be a bit troubling to some kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the movie. Do you think it adds to the plot? Why, or why not?

  • Why do you think there are so many movies about pirates? Why are they so fascinating to so many people?

  • What is your favorite pirate movie? Why is it your favorite?

Movie details

For kids who love pirates

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