Really Fun Family Film
I liked this film very much! It's funny and it's cute.
I have read the reviews on this site for this film and I whole heatedly disagree with the woman who lambasted this fine film.
No, it's not War and Peace.
It's a fun and entertaining kids film. It's pretty obvious it's not meant to be Romeo and Juliette.
It's a humorous and engaging look at the very serious topic of bullying.
I thought the characters were great. They came across as fun. They had 3 dimensional personalities and real problems that needed solving, like moving to a new place, or fitting in. And it had important things to say.
This story can show kids who are victims of bullying how to take alternative approaches to social morays that seem to be more difficult today than when I was a child. I was bullied. I didn't like it. And while the suggested plan in this film is beyond what i would have done to deal with bullying, it's an option that surely beats shootings, explosions, or the violent crimes to which bullying has been linked.
The directing is not sophomoric as asserted in another review, but instead it is sometimes campy and sometimes insightful.
The acting is no worse than any Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, or After School Special film. (Do they even still have After School Specials?) This might show how old I am.
Look, I liked this film! I saw it at a popular screening room as part of a movie club to which we belong and I saw it again when Amazon emailed me that I was able to stream it.
Sometimes I want something serious and heavy, or thought provoking and meaningful, but there are other times when I just want to watch something fun. Like Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Kung Fu Panda, Dispicable Me, or How To Beat A Bully.
It's fun and it's totally worth watching!