Parents' Guide to

Finding 'Ohana

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun Hawaii adventure celebrates culture; peril, language.

Movie PG 2021 123 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 35 parent reviews

age 6+

enjoyable enough toned-down Goonies ripoff

If you want to show Goonies or Indiana Jones but think they may not be old enough yet, this is a safer bet. (I'd hate to meet the parents who say 12+ to hear words like butthead or fart. The language & peril is way toned down from Goonies and the educational value is turned up) It's not *as good* but it's a fun adventure with positive messages & decent humor. Teenagers will probably find it corny but adults will have fun with thier kids and pre-teens. WARNING: the siblings are rude to eachother in the first half. there is a family member who we learn was killed while serving in the military but it's addressed in a delicate way.
age 12+

Horrible!

Horrible language! Lots of potty humor, bad language, and meanness between siblings. We had to turn it off. Actually shocked that this hasn’t been flagged more!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (35 ):
Kids say (37 ):

This rollicking adventure has lots of appeal. What kid hasn't dreamed of going on a treasure hunt? Finding 'Ohana takes that premise and layers it into a good-natured tale of cultural identity, family ties, and swashbuckling adventure. The action is spearheaded by four likable young actors who look like they're having a ball playing the outspoken tomboy Pili, big brother Ioane, sensitive Casper, and kind Hana. The boys especially stand out in the cast for their comical timing. Aiono, who's known for his music on YouTube, could have a future in comedy if he wants one. Scenes where the kids substitute the voices for adult pirates acting out an imagined history are clever and silly.

Repeated references in the script to Indiana Jones are no mistake: The action is clearly inspired by the landmark franchise. In fact, a supporting character in 'Ohana is played by Ke Huy Quan, who co-starred as a child in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Hawaii is resplendent in its lush green vegetation, sharp peaks, and turquoise waters. Its natural beauty is on display as much as certain cultural aspects and its language, which characters frequently speak to one another. Sure, there are moments that feel overly didactic and others that are totally implausible, and some families could be turned off by some of the language, but overall this is a sweet and fun family movie with positive messages.

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