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Jumping Ship

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Adventure comedy sequel has mild peril and violence.

Movie NR 2001 93 minutes
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A Disney TV movie from 2001 that shows both its age and limitations, this sequel to Horse Sense requires the suspension of a lot of disbelief. Supposedly set in Australia -- that looks suspiciously like America -- several of the cast speak with faux Australian accents, all of which makes the setting a bit pointless. The soundtrack is another distraction, with pop music playing for long periods in some scenes where an instrumental score would normally feature to add tension or laughs.

The character's ultimate goal -- to escape capture by the pirates and flee the island -- is pursued with no real urgency, not least because the bad guys barely feature. The tension between the castaways -- played by real-life brothers Joey, Andrew, and Matthew Lawrence -- is slightly more interesting, particularly when Michael is eventually forced to be honest about what he wants out of life. But even the good guys' actions do little more than nudge along a very dull plot, meaning that Jumping Ship runs aground fairly early.

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