Catch That Kid

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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age 9+

Painfully bad. A real head-scratcher.

PG 2004 92 minutes

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age 11+

Okay Movie For Older Children - But Watch Out For Those Messages!

Both my 7 and 10 year old loved this movie. As a parent, I was mildly engaged in the story line. There were good actors in the story and the writing was sound. There were a few points of dislike for me: There's the normal -the girl is super-strong and independent while the boys play support- theme popular currently. I didn't love that there was a "love triangle" in the story between the two boys and the girl. It's resolved nicely in the end, but it sends a poor message about friendship with girls and lying (even if there is a compelling message). They throw in a naked image of a character from Sponge Bob's backside. Really tired of the focus on butts in kids programming for the last 10 years or so. I caught one bad word, "damn". There's a weird but innocent enough scene where all three kids are lying in bed and talking, and one where the girl laughs when the boy burps. (Sorry, crude humor in kids programming really irks me. Makes it really hard to raise boys with good manners when every film and tv show makes passing gas and burping funny.) Oh, and there's the idiotic security guards. This is a common trope but considering our political climate, sending a message that law enforcement is unintelligent, bumbling, megalomaniac fools... is not cool. So I didn't enjoy that about the movie. I have a family member in law enforcement, so I pay attention to these types of images as well. Of course, all of this probably goes over the kid's heads but you never know what impressions really stick with a child. Overall, it's not a bad film but because of the points I've highlighted, I wouldn't let me sons watch it again. After the movie, you may want to sit down and talk to your kids about the role of law enforcement in the community, lying and relationships with girls.
age 8+

Awesome Movie

Common Sense Media will be erased by me. Cheesy and horrible review site.

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