What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hanna's Gold is a pleasant enough teen treasure-hunt adventure that involves a key scene showing underage drinking with consequences. The premise for the film involves kids and parents struggling with boundaries and behavior post-divorce. In the second half of the film, teens are shown in slapstick-style peril, hunted by escaped convicts who use guns to threaten and intimidate as they try to beat them to the loot.
What's the story?
With plans for summer camp on lock, 16-year-old Hanna (Morissa O'Mara) and her 13-year-old sister Jasmine (Alana O'Mara) are disheartened to learn they'll be spending the summer doing manual labor alongside dad Cole (Luke Perry) on his horse ranch, all part of a post-divorce agreement reached by their parents. But the summer takes a turn for the intriguing when old-fashioned elbow grease reveals a mysterious treasure map pointing to century's old unrecovered loot, which the sisters hope to locate without getting into trouble, and before a felonious duo with their own map beat them to it.
Is it any good?
Oh, the dream of so many family movies: That by just taking their cell phones and putting 'em to work, parents can force teens to trade the sass for some sympathy, or at least for an understanding of their parents' sacrifices. HANNA'S GOLD is one more movie that searches for this familial buried treasure.
It's no Goonies, of course, but this similarly driven flick takes a decided turn for the better when that treasure map shows up -- thar's gold in them thar hills -- and the pace quickens with it. Kids and parents will enjoy the chase, right down to the thieves in pursuit and the general feel of the peril. And parents can also ponder Luke Perry as a tough ranch dad, the former bad boy skulking around Beverly Hills 90210 all grown up. And, of course, dream of the day when perhaps their own teenagers can learn such an adventurous, if tidy, lesson about consequences.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about underage drinking and its consequences. What is the legal age for drinking alcohol? What are the consequences of getting caught with alcohol underage? Parents can read these tips for discussing alcohol in the media.
Divorce is a common situation in many families today, but that doesn't make it easy to negotiate. How do families you know with divorced parents navigate family arrangements and spending time together?
Read online about famous treasure hunts, such as the discovery of the famous Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha.