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Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Cute book adaptation has ghostly fears, childish taunts.

Movie NR 2022 61 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Enjoyable film for our 5yo and for us

We watched this episode with our 5yo granddaughter. The two leads are natural actors and very enjoyable. The story is a stretch but not totally ridiculous, allowing for the imagination of young people. There are many funny lines and gags. There were a few spooky scenes (imagined by the leads) but our granddaughter, who will often tell us that a movie “scares” her (and we turn it off) didn’t seem to be bothered at all. The film somewhat teaches the dangers of assuming and not telling adults what your plans are. The children’s circle of friends is diverse and interesting. My granddaughter says she wants to watch all of the films in the series and watch this episode again.

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The formula for Netflix's adaptation of the bestselling book series becomes clearer in the second entry to the series, where the titular dynamic duo confront an adult baddie and get into trouble. Again. Jane Lynch plays the mean adult in Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go, and she does it with gusto, staring down her nose and dismissively sending the littles to detention. A funny scene has her trying on a pair from her beloved shoe collection and accidentally farting in the process.

The ghost plot feels like a pretense to get the gang together to embark on yet another imaginative adventure, this one involving circumventing parents, cutting a lock of hair from an enemy (big sister Nancy), and accidentally flooding the school bathroom. The girls are duly punished but stop to make a very sweet oath of friendship before they're sent to their rooms. The series captures childhood energy (like cartwheels across the school lawn) and ingenuity. It's good, innocent fun.

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