A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Two strong themes play out in movie: trying harder when you've failed, and finding your own way of doing things. Given the title, the efforts made to save endangered animals and understand domestic ones should be no surprise. Occasional crude humor from talking animals.
Violence & Scariness
Animals pelt a human character with food and bird poop.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Subtle flirtation between two characters.
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Products & Purchases
A bottle of Perrier water in a party shot.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An underage character sneaks out to a party where unsupervised kids drink what one presumes is beer from plastic cups.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this DVD is a funny, enjoyable family movie with good messages about overcoming failure and following your own instincts. Animal conservation gets center stage. Talking animals edge towards mild crudeness for laughs. The teenaged daughter of the president sneaks out to an unsupervised party where drinking takes place. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Animal-loving kids will likely be enchanted by scenes where Maya interacts with wise-cracking wild animals, particularly a saucy French monkey named Monkey. As in previous movies, Maya is helped by her sidekick dog Lucky (Norm MacDonald) who gets all the best lines in the movie. The president, played by Peter Coyote, is reassuringly compassionate and tough, though his relationships with his own daughter and dog are far from perfect. His pep talk to Maya when she is about to give up, about failure being a part of life, is a valuable lesson for parents to reinforce.
It's rare that a fourth installment of a movie franchise mines new ground, and in that sense Tail to the Chief delivers as expected. But the movie qualifies as entertaining fare appropriate for the whole family, and it underscores good parenting lessons.
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