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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Advocates for protection of animals in the wild, focusing on elephants. People can recover from heartbreak by helping others and engaging in the world around them.
Positive Role Models
Portrays activists sacrificing their own personal lives to save elephants and protect animals in the wild. Leading character makes a life change based on finding joy in helping others. She is courageous, resourceful, determined, open to new adventures, and a devoted mom.
Violence & Scariness
Disturbing image of dead elephant with her traumatized calf.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Products & Purchases
Promotes animal welfare organizations.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters consume alcohol (Champagne, beer, martini) in social situations. Leading character is tipsy in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Holiday in the Wild is a romantic story set in Africa that's intended to entertain but also to provide audiences with a look at the plight of orphan elephants in the wild whose parents have been slaughtered by ivory poachers. Most of the action takes place on site at Lilayi Elephant Orphanage in Zambia. With the exception of a scene in which the heroes discover an elephant calf standing beside his dead mother, and a later sequence during which a baby elephant is briefly missing, there's no suspense or violence. Lots of information is presented about rescue, recovery, and the preparation necessary for the animals' return to the wild. Characters consume alcohol. Wholesome and enlightening, the movie is fine for older kids and up. 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 remarkable images of elephants living in the unique beauty of Africa, along with the inspiring story of their human protectors, counter a routine story about self-discovery and falling in love. It's a sincere production, with amiable performances and efficient directing. The music is just right. The cinematography captures both the spirit and the specialness of the animals and the region. Holiday in the Wild is fine for kids who are willing to sit still for a little mushiness and emotional unrest. They should appreciate other aspects of the film.
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