Movie review by Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Animated mystery has positive female role model, messages.

NR 2022 92 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 1 review

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age 5+

Strong female lead passes Bechdel test and saves the day

So far so good. I'll need to watch it a few more times, though, to be sure. Right off the bat, you notice a few things. The parent-child relationship is not perfectly ideal, given the miscommunication, but it's not disrespectful at all. The father respects his daughter, and the daughter clearly thinks the world of her dad. There were a few moments where I had to explain/address something so it wouldn't sink in before the movie had a chance to address it, but this is more important for younger kids than for older ones. We're massive firefighter appreciators, have a female firefighter in the family, and loved the fact that the main character passed the Bechdel test with flying colors. The villain isn't too scary (especially you have a dinosaur-obsessed kid) and the actual violence is very, very minimal. While it is directly implied that a character dies, you quickly find out that's not the case. I appreciated the discussion opportunities for young people about issues such as sexism and patriarchy, the history of gender-passing in various professions, fear and anxiety, resentment and anger, communication and trust, and more. I am not Asian, Black, or Hispanic, so I will defer to people of those ethnicities regarding the diversity representation and whether or not it's respectful. IMHO, nothing stands out, but I would have definitely fixed a few things. For instance, the character of Jin being a bad driver was a little too close to underhand stereotyping for comfort. I would have liked to see juuust a little more representation, but given the year it's set in, that's a tricky feat to pull off well/realistically. Lastly, I did also appreciate the tongue-in-cheek cop character/s, even if it was right on the border of being a jab to the queer community. We give this movie a 1312 out of 1000.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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