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Dwegons and Leprechauns
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dwegons and Leprechauns is an excruciatingly bad movie from 2014 with scary-looking computer-animated characters with annoying voices, iffy humor, and awful musical interludes about, among other things, donuts. Perhaps most disturbing is that early in the movie an elderly man is shown having a heart attack and dying in his kitchen. Between this death and these monstrous-looking (and talking) "Dwegons," the whole movie is one big nightmare waiting to happen. There really isn't anything redeeming about this movie for kids or parents.
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What's the story?
After the death of an elderly relative, the Fitzgerald family moves from Chicago to their old home in the country. But there's one problem: The Fitzgeralds don't have enough money to buy the house and turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. However, unbeknownst to them, the house is situated over Dwegonland, a magical land filled with leprechauns and colorfully strange creatures known as Dwegons, who have gold they want to give to the Fitzgeralds so they can purchase their new home. However, Dwegonland is under attack from jewel thieves who wish to steal all the gold and riches in Dwegonland. It's up to the Fitzgeralds to stop the jewel thieves and protect Dwegonland from all its enemies, and in return, the Dwegons will give them the money they need to run a successful business.
Is it any good?
For parents, the iffy humor and annoying voices make DWEGONS AND LEPRECHAUNS pretty much unwatchable. For kids, the scary-looking "Dwegons" and the death by heart attack of an elderly man at the beginning make this film a nightmare waiting to happen. Also, there are quite a few pointless musical interludes filled with songs about, among other things, donuts. Make no mistake: This is an excruciatingly bad movie.
Even if the story was easy to follow (it isn't), it's difficult to stay focused on the action, such as it is. There really is nothing redeeming or remotely good about what's going on in this movie.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about scary scenes in kids' movies. Do you think this movie needed to be so scary? Would it have been better if the scariness was toned down?
How is this movie similar to and different from other computer-animated films?
Were there any stereotyped characters here? Were these characters necessary to the story?
- In theaters: February 16, 2012
- On DVD or streaming: September 30, 2014
- Cast: Melissa Leo, Maggie Wheeler, Joey D. Vieira
- Director: Tom Walsh
- Studio: Vertical Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 98 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: Mild action and rude humor.
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