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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Izzie's Way Home is an undersea adventure story about an aquarium fish who gets separated from her father and her tank mates, and gets lost in the ocean. Most of the dangers faced are mildly to moderately scary, like being chased by predators with big teeth and being in danger from an erupting volcano. A few times, mostly in self-defense, fish hit by bumping into each other. One character says "butt" a few times, belches frequently, and makes fart noises a few times. "Mean girls" in the aquarium don't accept Izzie because of her appearance and call her and other fish that look different names. Ultimately everything resolves safely, and even the mean girls learn to accept others. One character is obsessed with her weight.
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What's the story?
In IZZIE'S WAY HOME, the rest of the aquarium fish don't want Izzie in the tank with them because of how she looks. Their attempt to get Izzie thrown out backfires when the whole tank gets turned out into the open ocean, and the yacht the aquarium was on sails away. Tossed to the other side of a volcano and on her own, Izzie has to learn how to survive in the ocean and how to tell who her friends are, all while trying desperately to get back across the volcano and find her father.
Is it any good?
This low-budget, unoriginal undersea adventure movie has so many flaws it's almost painful to watch. Preschoolers may not be bothered by the eerily lifeless eyes, stilted animation, and dull or downright confusing backgrounds of Izzie's Way Home, but with so many other choices out there that are beautiful, engaging, and enriching, there's absolutely no reason to spend any time with this movie.
The story and dialogue repeat themselves over and over until randomly moving on to something else that may or may not have any logic to it. Animated mouth movement is so poor it's often difficult to tell who's talking when more than one character is on the screen. It's a poor, pale imitation of Finding Nemo that'll just make you wish that's what you were watching instead.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Izzie's Way Home shows that what you do is more important than how you look. What does Izzie do? How are the aquarium fish different from the ocean fish?
If you got lost or separated from the people taking care of you, what would you do? Have you ever been lost? What happened?
What other undersea adventure movies have you seen? Which one do you like best? Why?
- On DVD or streaming: May 17, 2016
- Cast: Bonnie Dennison, Tori Spelling, Joey Fatone, Zack Ward
- Director: Sasha Burrow
- Studio: The Asylum
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs, Ocean Creatures
- Run time: 74 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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