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Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B&B Robbery

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Uneven teen tale with cursing, stereotypes, and drugs.

Movie PG 2020 89 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Family fun, who-done-it, Diversity , girl friends having each others back , what else do you need?

This is a family movie, yes it has some light language (none of the big 7, no F-bombs) One scene with a gun , no shooting. Awesome chemistry between the leads. nothing really controversial. Oh, FYI... the lead character Gabby's nickname is ONE TIME ( not wanton) , as in she has a Photographic memory and just has to see things ONE TIME. There are some sterotypes, but is not in a mean or insulting way. Very enjoyable. A good movie at this time to show diversity and cooperation in a diverse middle class neighborhood.

This title has:

Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

A few humorous scenes and a sweet central friendship aren't enough to save this messy film. Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B&B Robbery's tone is uneven from start to finish, wavering between innocent teen-led whodunit and adult comedy. Some of the humor built around race and gender stereotypes feels heavy-handed, and the drug references are unnecessary. Nearly every scene is accompanied by music, as distracting an editing choice as the random jump cuts that punctuate sporadic sequences.

On the plus side, there are some affirming messages here. For example, one young man who has struggled to shrug off neighbors' perceptions of him as a loser just needs a bit of positive reinforcement. But it's the two teen leads who save the film. Both actresses give warm performances as girls in that sweet spot between childhood innocence and burgeoning adulthood. Their supportive friendship and cheery energy are charming. Two other performances are also noteworthy: Carlos Coleman and Catarah Hampshire (a former Cupcake Wars winner) hilariously steal every scene they're in.

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