A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
It's easy to pick the wrong friends, but real friends are easy to see once you actually look.
Positive Role Models
Chloe's mom moves from place to place without regard for how it negatively affects her now-teenaged daughter. She's absent through most of the movie, not bothering to be present to ease her child's anxiety about being in a new environment. Chloe is so eager to make friends that she is falls in with girls who are obviously self-obsessed and mean, even though Chloe doesn't seem to be that kind of person. Liam is a loyal and decent friend. Chloe shows bravery.
Violence & Scariness
Trogs bare their huge, sharp teeth and threaten to eat everything and everyone around them. They can't be killed but they can be stopped by a specialized form of green slime. Trogs wrap their teeth frighteningly around the legs of humans but for some reason never bite through. A cell phone battery is used to cause explosions. Two kids get tied up by gnomes, then released. Gnomes hit Chloe in the leg.
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"Poop." Fart joke.
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Teenagers are constantly glued to their cell phones, a habit the gnomes complain about. In the end, disassembling the phones and using their lithium batteries to oust the Trogs is a good thing.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gnome Alone is an animated story featuring ravenous, sharp-toothed monsters shaped like bowling balls who eat anything in their way, probably making it a little too scary for young kids. The Trogs bare their huge, sharp teeth and threaten to eat everything and everyone around them. They can't be killed, but they can be stopped by a specialized form of green slime. They wrap their teeth frighteningly around the legs of humans but for some reason never bite through. Two kids get tied up by gnomes, then released. Gnomes hit Chloe in the leg. Cell phone overuse is featured. There's a fart joke, and "poop" is mentioned -- but language is otherwise tame. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The confusing, simplistic, and nonsensical plot seems to target 4-year-olds but the villains are far too scary for that audience. The Trogs are ravenous, sharp-toothed bowling balls who threaten to eat up the entire earth and everyone on it if they aren't stopped. The animation is fairly standard-issue and although talking garden gnomes are main characters (George Lopez voices one of them), their resemblance to Smurfs is unmistakable, robbing the enterprise of any hope of originality. Gnome Alone openly steals from Inside Out and, naturally, Home Alone as well.
The important question is: Will kids like it? That, too, is confusing. The lead character is a high school student, suggesting at least a tween audience, but it's a good guess that the only self-respecting older kids voluntarily watching this will probably be babysitters overseeing the neighbors' frightened little kids.
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