Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board

 
Tsunami sequel fun, but doesn't make waves.
  • Review Date: October 8, 2007
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A mentor helps a defiant tween conquer peer pressure and value strong family bonds. Teens learn to overcome the negative influence of their deceitful gang leader.

Violence & scariness

Dirt boarding scenes feature a few spills, including one that results in a fractured arm.

Sexy stuff

There's a developing crush between two teen characters, but it doesn't generate any physical contact. Teen boys occasionally send suggestive looks girls' ways.

Language

Nothing iffy, but lots of extreme-sport slang like "sic" and "gnarly."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that one of the main characters in this made-for-TV movie is a tween who's rude to adults and his teen mentor throughout most of the story -- but he eventually shapes up and comes to respect them. Peer pressure is a dominant theme, with a group of teens learning to see through their leader's negative influence and following their own instincts. Though young viewers may not catch all the major plot points, they'll no doubt enjoy the action-packed dirt mountain boarding scenes.

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What's the story?

In this sequel, 17-year-old Johnny (Brandon Baker) heads to his native Hawaii for his surfing legend grandfather's wedding, and to reunite with best buddy Sam (Lil' J), who now lives in the islands. As a favor to his grandpa (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagama), Johnny keeps an eye on rebellious Chris (Jake T. Austin), the 12-year old son of grandpa's fiance. But Chris wants nothing to do with anyone in his new family, so Johnny takes up Chris' extreme sport -- dirt mountain boarding. But Johnny's camaraderie with the dirt boarding gang -- especially cute blonde Val (Rose McIver), whom Chris adores -- drives the troubled tween to take drastic measures to prove himself, and Johnny must find a way to reach out to him before his actions hurt someone else.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Back on Board lacks some of the spark that made its predecessor such a fan favorite, but it still blends a decent script with strong performances and positive messages about being true to yourself and thoughtful about your choice in friends. Top that off with thrilling scenes of the latest extreme sport, and families will likely find a lot to like.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media influences people's taste in hobbies and entertainment. Tweens: Had you ever heard of dirt mountain boarding before this movie? What do you think of it? After seeing it, would you want to try it out? What other activities have you wanted to try because you saw them in TV shows or movies? Families can also discuss peer pressure. Have you ever felt negative pressure from a friend? How did you handle it? Do you think this movie's scenario is plausible, or did the characters' problems get solved too easily?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 7, 2007
DVD release date:October 9, 2007
Cast:Brandon Baker, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagama, Jake T. Austin
Director:Eric Bross
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Drama
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMarioMii March 27, 2012
age 12+
 

I saw this movie unexpectedly

I thought TV was boring at first, but dad made me watch TV 3 times in one day for more than an hour total. The third time of the day after watching "iCarly" and "Go Figure" was this movie and I didn't expect it to be on Disney Channel at that time before I knew it. My dad used to tell me to watch at least one hour of TV while he wanted me to play less than an hour of video games. My dad didn't make me do whatever I want. One scene I learned was that some bowl areas with lots of dirt can be private property. I should understand private property because I don't want to get caught with the police.
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Kid, 10 years old February 18, 2012
age 6+
 

Johnny Kaphala 2:Back On Board

Johnny Kaphala 2 :Back On Board Is a boring movie. But i never expected anything,i was just flipping through channels while i just kept it on this. Overall Johnny Kaphala 2:Back On Board is a boring movie.
Adult Written byroom mom April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

My 7 year old loved it!

I liked this movie we had seen the original and the kids watched this one. My five year old daughter lost interest, but my son loved it. I recommend it.

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