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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As a movie about two precocious sixth graders who suspect that their new principal might be a murderer, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Sixth grade girls make jokes about menstruating, talk about farting in church, dip their toes in jars of peanut butter and then lick the peanut butter off their toes while making a joke about "toe jam."
Violence & Scariness
An adult character kidnaps a child and ties her up. The child is shown screaming and crying horribly throughout the ordeal. An adult character is hit on the back of the head with a bottle as he is driving. He is knocked out, crashes the car into a tree, and is shown with blood dripping down his face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
After a boy leaves a restaurant table, a sixth grade girl informs her friends that she wants him to be "the father of my children." Sixth grade girls, observing a mother flirting, say that the mother "wants him." At the end of the movie, two girls observe one of their mothers flirting with a police officer. The girls make remarks on the order of the officer having "the biggest one I have ever seen." A boy makes reference to the school's "horny principal." After some insinuations like this, the officer is shown to have a giant walkie talkie clasped to his belt in front of his pants.
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No profanity, but references to menstruation, and penis insinuations at the end of the movie.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In a fantasy sequence, an adult character is shown drinking from a beer bottle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Frog and Wombat is a late-'90s movie that is too dated and too precocious for its own good. The sixth grade characters make frequent jokes about menstruation, a girl tells her friends that she wants a boy to be "the father of my children," and at the end of the movie, two girls make insinuations about how a police officer has "the biggest one I have ever seen" before we see the officer and the walkie talkie he is wearing in the front of his pants. In one scene, a group of girls takes turns dipping their toes in a jar of peanut butter, makes a joke about "toe jam," then proceeds to lick the peanut butter off their toes. There's also violence in the form of kidnapping and a bloody crash. The iffy content, coupled with the bad acting of almost all of the kids, ruins what could have been an otherwise engaging mystery story. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Had the child acting been better, had the director relied less on '90s fashions and attitudes, had the movie been less concerned with including iffy humor, perhaps it would have held up better. This is unfortunate, because, at the end of the day, the mystery itself could have held up just fine without the gross jokes and weird behaviors (dipping their toes in jars of peanut butter and licking it off, for instance) of the kids.
But, alas, the child overacting (with the exception of Katie Stuart) quite often borders on excruciating, and overwhelms the core of the story. Unless you're a big fan of '90s kids' movies and are curious to see how tweens lived before the age of unlimited data on cell phones, you'll be turned off by the content, and kids will be turned off by the dated clothing and attitudes.
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