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Joey & Ella

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Cute talking kangaroo, pratfalls can't save silly comedy.

Movie G 2021 89 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Great Family Entertainment!

Fun romp with a touch of magic, with many positive role models. OK, some of the characters accept a talking kangaroo just a BIT too easily, but otherwise a very fun, child-friendly (but also fun for adults) plot and action.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

A cute talking kangaroo and two well-meaning teenagers aren't enough to save this otherwise disjointed comedy. The stars of Joey & Ella, namely talking roo Joey and teen crushes Ella and Luke, are likable enough, and it's refreshing to see two innocent teens excited about school and doing good in the world. The bond between Ella and Joey, both missing their mothers and feeling displaced, was an attractive central proposition, as was Ella's handling of her new classmates. If the film had focused fully on them and done away with the crime plot entirely, it could have been a much more successful whole. Instead, the over-the-top "bad guys" and their cockamamie caper take up too much time and are neither funny nor engaging.

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