Izzie's Way Home

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Low-budget undersea adventure is boring and lifeless.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 74 minutes

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Educational Value

Adventure story meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

It doesn't matter how you look; it matters what you do. Home is wherever family is. Friends love you for who you are. One character, a seahorse, is obsessed with her weight, and nearly every line she delivers references losing weight or feeling bad about having a pot belly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Izzie is a good role model for bravery, determination, and never giving up. Her father is overprotective and gives up too soon. The aquarium fish are snobby and downright mean to Izzie, but her ocean friends are brave and loyal models for sticking together and helping each other through tough times.

Violence & Scariness

Main plot is about a child separated from her father, and how she and her father try to find each other. Some mild-to-moderate scariness from an erupting volcano, falling debris, and being chased by predators, some with snapping teeth. Fish hit by bumping each other, usually in self-defense. A fish scrapes herself on a rock and scales come off. A fish accidentally hits its head on a rock and falls unconscious. Fish push a large rock onto an attacking sea snake and it falls to the sea floor with its eyes closed.

Sexy Stuff

"Butt." Name-calling includes "freak," "gross," and "slimy." Some bodily function humor from a character who frequently belches and makes fart noises a couple of times.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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?

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