Finding 'Ohana

Movie review by Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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age 9+

Fun Hawaii adventure celebrates culture; peril, language.

PG 2021 123 minutes

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age 9+

Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 39 reviews

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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.

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age 6+

Excellent FAMILY Fun Adventure Film

I was looking for a fun family film that was like The Goonies... except not as inappropriate. [Parents who think this films' language is inappropriate need to go back and watch that film!!!] Finding O'Hana is a great, top shelf, Family film, which we will watch again and again. A great film if you want to watch an Indiana Jones' style film with younger kids. Addressing the concerns: The language to me is exactly how kids speak to each other... we Australians talk about nips and butts and that is not rude to us, it's just speaking about our body parts in a casual way. I think some parents on here in general are a bit too sensitive imho. ... Or perhaps, like Hawaii, it's to do with coming from a beach culture where these things are exposed reasonably often while we get into, and out of, our swimwear! :) Chillax adults :) To me its great to see a film that's not made on a computer and that doesn't feature lots of adult jokes - you know, a kids film FOR KIDS. The siblings treat each other like siblings do... I took this as an opportunity to discuss sibling relationships and how the kids could have said that better. Siblings aren't always best friends, but sometimes they get on great! We teach our kids that. I personally think it's good for kids to see other kids being kids, and work out how we can all do better. The movie itself was fun, the Grandpa was fantastic, the story was full of adventure, but what I really loved was there was not too much noise and peril, which is what is in a lot of kid's movies these days. It was just good old fashioned fun. And at the end, the kids learnt an important lesson about honouring culture, and gave up the treasure. I thought this was fantastic and so important to teach our kids about First Nations' Culture... which is where we all really need to be heading. Loved loved loved. Thanks to the First Nations people of Hawaii for modelling such a great happy vibe and beautiful connection to Nature, Spirit and O'Hana. Really great film, TOP SHELF. FULL OF fun, beautiful scenery, indigenous wisdom, family values, adventure, friendships, learning lessons and growing up. Just perfect for us. A+ Mum of 3: 10, 6 and 18 months.

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