Parents' Guide to

Cow Belles

By Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Family comedy is slightly ludicrous but has heart.

Movie G 2006 93 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+
This movie was a stereotypical Disney movie with annoying characters and shoddy script/plot. the two bratty main characters are very bothersome it's dumb obnoxiously unrealistic with bad role models my cow-obsessed cousin was disappointed with the lack of cows but he's the only idiot over age 2 that was expecting cows
age 9+

Silly by harmless

The plot is definitely implausible, but it shows two appealing girls learning that having money isn't everything and you can't just say "sorry" and have problems go away. The way they learn the lessons is a bit overly obvious and dramatic, but for younger audiences not a problem.

Is It Any Good?

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Adults will probably roll their eyes and groan during the first 20 minutes of this movie, and rightly so -- the sisters' flighty, shallow behavior is made overly cute. Worse, their father is a big pushover who punishes them with the slightest hint of a goofy grin on his face -- as if he knows he's supposed to teach them a lesson but can't really get mad at them, even for something serious. The script is overly corny at times, the supporting cast is a bit wooden, and many characters are two-dimensional stereotypes.

But the film is worth watching for the sisters' progression toward becoming responsible adults. You start to care about their plight because they actually start to care about someone besides themselves. That, and the Michalka sisters' charm, knack for comedy, and decent acting ability, makes this a heartwarming tale in the end -- even if their girls' turnaround isn't the most believable. Kids and tweens, especially girls, will enjoy Cow Belles and certainly won't miss the strong message: Be responsible with money, think about others and not just yourself, and learn to admit your mistakes and make up for them.

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