A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this teen adventure has some confusing messages about race. While Justin is insulted by kids for being an "injun," his white adoptive parents tell him to be proud of his Native American heritage -- yet all the bad guys in the movie are either Native American or African American. There is some fighting, including school bullying and a chase with guns and knives.
What's the story?
Five hundred years ago, a magical disk and an amulet were sought by an evil king in order to travel through time and rule the world. These sacred items were separated and lost, until the present day, when a teen named Justin (Chris Laird) and a businessman named Michael Romano (Michael Flynn) discover that they hold the two keys to a powerful secret. Mr. Romano moves his daughter Angelic (Shareece Pfeiffer) to Idaho so that he can find the amulet that will give him ultimate power to travel through time. He engages hit men to find the amulet and a shady governmental agency gets involved. Meanwhile, Justin falls hard for Angelic, who is caught in the middle. Justin does his best to make sure the disk and the amulet don't fall into the wrong hands. In the meantime, he uses the amulet to save his heritage -- and get the girl.
Is it any good?
Poor production and an erratic script hampers what could have been an interesting story. Time travel and ancient myths are principally very cool topics: but this movie veers all over the place. Really, why bring drug dealers from the inner-city to a story about ancient magic in the mountains of Idaho? Moreover, when Justin freezes time, it looks like a sad high school improv game. Everyone in the cast freezes for thirty seconds while he plays a prank, or talks to his frozen-in-time love interest. If JUSTIN TIME feels like a B-movie, that's because it is a B movie. Fans of adventure and mystery can find much better efforts out there.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what cultural heritage really means. How is your family different from your neighbor's? How can we better understand people who have different backgrounds than our own?
Uncle Heath has a good repoire with Justin, making it easy for Justin to talk about stuff that's going on in high school. But these conversations are not always easy to have. Here is an article about how one mom found a way to talk to her teenage son about his private life.
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