A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No specific educational content, but kids will learn important lessons about believing in yourself and appreciating family.
The movie strongly emphasizes the importance of family bonds and self worth.
Positive Role Models
A man and his teenage daughter work out long-standing tensions and come to appreciate each other in a new way. Melissa wrestles with her inner demons and discovers a new level of self confidence.
Violence & Scariness
Mild peril is exaggerated to the point of comedy. A man and his daughter are abducted and held captive; his potential death is alluded to, but the scenario is so over-the-top that it's more ridiculous than frightening. Weapons are limited to cheese-blasting plastic guns and water-balloon launchers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An innocent boy/girl relationship develops, but there's no physical contact, and it culminates in him asking her out on a date.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adventure comedy centers on the abduction of a man and his teenage daughter, but the movie's over-the-top humor -- and the ineptitude of the goofy kidnappers -- keeps the tone light enough that it won't frighten kids. No realistic weapons are used, but kids do use plastic guns that shoot liquid cheese and sludge-filled water balloons on their enemies. The story offers positive messages about self worth and honest communication. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Chock full of wacky characters, outrageous antics, and elaborate schemes, DADNAPPED practically oozes kid-pleasing content. Though the story centers on abduction and what's technically a hostage situation (the perpetrators force Neal to write his "last novel," implying that he'll meet an untimely end), there's no tangible danger and very little force from the bumbling bad guys -- which gives the movie a playful feel that even kids will be hard-pressed to miss. As for weapons, the kids' cheese-spewing plastic guns are hardly realistic (though they still manage to help save the day).
While zany improbability antics are the movie's foundation, the story also shows a lot of heart. Melissa's feelings about taking a back seat to her father's work -- and his popular character -- are very relatable for kids, and the strong messages about communication and self confidence stand out from the otherwise silly content. Parents may not enjoy the juvenile humor themselves, but they can rest assured that Dadnapped is a worry-free choice for their grade-schoolers.
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